FIFA referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina has confirmed the Premier League will bring in World Cup-style added time.
The Mirror report that FIFA are cracking down on timewasting, and they’ll enforce longer periods of stoppage time as they did at the World Cup.
Collina has already been monitoring Premier League added time, highlighting Manchester United’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool as an example of the officials not following the rules.
“The referee decided not to give extra time added on,” Collina said of the United match.
“But at the World Cup, we had one game, Spain-Costa Rica which was 6-0 at 90 minutes, and the extra goal scored could have been very important in deciding the Group.
“That is why it is always important to add the right time.”
The Times previously reported that FIFA president Gianni Infantino has stated that leagues will be monitored next season to make sure they’re following the laws of the game with regards to adding on time for celebrations, injuries, time-wasting, and substitutes.
According to Infantino, the ball was in play for around 60 minutes per match at the World Cup, compared to 55 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal fans will likely be glad to hear that at least some kind of action is being taken to crack down on timewasting.
As is somewhat inevitable for the team leading the Premier League, Arsenal are suffering with opposition teams wasting time, faking injuries, and employing protracted substitution breaks on a weekly basis.
At the very least, you hope to see consistency in the amount of time added on for those kinds of stoppages.