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Fifa med chief wants action to curb violent fouls

Fifa's medical chief has decried the rise in career-ending fouls over the past two years, calling on referees to show more red-cards and for coaches to do their part in reducing violent play.

BRUSSELS // Fifa's medical chief has decried the rise in career-ending fouls over the past two years, calling on referees to show more red-cards and for coaches to do their part in reducing violent play. Michel D'Hooghe said that 'some of the fouls send shivers down your spine' and has produced a DVD of some of the worst fouls committed over the past two years to help get the message across to all national federations that such behaviour has to be eliminated from the game. He said the two worst types of fouls, the tackle from behind and the illegal use of the elbow, should get an automatic red card and is disappointed referees often fail to apply the rules strictly enough.

*AP