Throw ins, officials, the laws and towels......

Thracia

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Could be the last season of this anyway. Fifa considering a law change, advised by a panel including Wenger, whereby you can't send the ball into the penalty area direct from a throw.
Would be a good move - would eliminate the delay of game and whole towel-based rigmarole.

And the game is football after all - attacks should be launched using the feet and the ball.

Throwing the ball back in should just be a mundane technicality whenever it crosses the sideline, not something that requires special teams and a dedicated throw-in/towel coach.
 

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I was on the Invincible's their prick of a coach complaining bitterly about having a towel available. Great fun when the ball boy threw it into the crowd. The coach ran out with some other item they could use to dry the ball and petulantly threw it to the ground in front of the crowd like the spoilt he probably is
 

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Here's an example from West Brom at Posh three weeks ago... (Peterborough had confiscated towels mid game)


Furlong goes to the away fans, gets a jumper, comes back, drys the ball, takes the jumper back and returns again, then slowly gets set for a long throw.

Ref ended up warning Furlong (no yellow) after a full 40 seconds delay. The throw in was finally taken a full minute after the ball went out of play.

This kind of stuff has to be stopped by EFL.
Trying to lip-read that, it looks like Furlong is saying "1 minute, I have 1 minute", and putting his finger up.

Is that true? Do you have 1 minute to take a throw in??
 
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It’s high time hairdryers (connected to the mains of course) were placed at 10yd intervals around the pitch perimeter by all EFL and Premier League Clubs. This would prevent any repetition of “Towelgate” seen yesterday at Deepdale, and ensure all footballs are well and truly dry before those troubled professional footballers have to take a throw in. 🤪

I’m surprised the sportswear manufacturers haven’t brought out ‘throwing gloves’ to grip the ball better........🙄🤓
 

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Would be a good move - would eliminate the delay of game and whole towel-based rigmarole.

And the game is football after all - attacks should be launched using the feet and the ball.

Throwing the ball back in should just be a mundane technicality whenever it crosses the sideline, not something that requires special teams and a dedicated throw-in/towel coach.
Might as well just change all the rules and play 5 a side with walls around the pitch too. What a fucking joke
 

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Why is it "a joke"?

Why not allow "kick-ins" from the sidelines, if throw-ins are intended to launch attacks into the box?
They aren’t “intended” for anything, it’s just a way of restarting the game, why should there be a rule to prevent that? Should there also be a rule to prevent the goalkeeper throwing it out to start a counter attack? Or a rule to prevent corners being taken into the box? It’s just fucking daft.
 

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I’m surprised the sportswear manufacturers haven’t brought out ‘throwing gloves’ to grip the ball better........🙄🤓

Someone had one attached to their shirt, so a bit of extra fabric which they used to dry the ball.

Furlong took one on Saturday after using the towel, Earl headed it straight back to him to take another and he still went and got the towel.
 

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They aren’t “intended” for anything, it’s just a way of restarting the game, why should there be a rule to prevent that? Should there also be a rule to prevent the goalkeeper throwing it out to start a counter attack? Or a rule to prevent corners being taken into the box? It’s just fucking daft.
I think the difference between corners and throw-ins in the laws highlights the fact that throw-ins are not intended to reward a team with an attack into the box, whereas corners are.

We may as well allow kick-ons if we're allowing long throws. At least we wouldn't need to wait for towels.
 

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I really don’t get why he needed a towel. The ground wasn’t even wet so the ball would’ve been fine. Surely could’ve used his shirt like our players were doing.
The ball had worked very hard all game - covered a lot of distance, so was sweating profusely.
 

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I think the difference between corners and throw-ins in the laws highlights the fact that throw-ins are not intended to reward a team with an attack into the box, whereas corners are.

We may as well allow kick-ons if we're allowing long throws. At least we wouldn't need to wait for towels.
What if we got a throw in a yard from the corner flag, why should we be punished by having to throw it into a crowded, congested small space? And also, what if we throw it to Riis who miscontrols it and then runs onto it an inch inside the box, is that a free kick the other way? It’s just a fucking ridiculously unnecessary change and I actually can’t believe you would genuinely support it!
 
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While we are going at rule changes a thing that infuriates me is shielding the ball.

What you can do near the touchline would be considered a foul if you did it in the middle of the pitch.

On Saturday a baggies player was holding Earl of with an arm, ridiculous.

The rule allows this shielding when you are supposedly in control of the ball, is it a metre away, or 2 metres? You see some crazy things going on while players are using this tactic.

What if you had to touch the ball first to show you were in control, it would change that tactic completely.
 

Thracia

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What if we got a throw in a yard from the corner flag, why should we be punished by having to throw it into a crowded, congested small space? And also, what if we throw it to Riis who miscontrols it and then runs onto it an inch inside the box, is that a free kick the other way? It’s just a fucking ridiculously unnecessary change and I actually can’t believe you would genuinely support it!
I dislike the waiting around for towels while some specialist thrower readies himself to chuck it into the box.

So I'm open to any change that potentially eliminates that "spectacle" from the game.

If it can be done without changing the throw-in rules, that's fine by me.
 

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Just ban towels, it’s not difficult. Or just get the incompetent officials to actually add the correct amount of time on at the end of the game.

I said it a long time ago but I still think stopping the clock every time the ball goes dead is the easiest way to eliminate any time-wasting. Would obviously have to shorten the length of the game though so I doubt they’ll ever do that.
 

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I think the difference between corners and throw-ins in the laws highlights the fact that throw-ins are not intended to reward a team with an attack into the box, whereas corners are.

We may as well allow kick-ons if we're allowing long throws. At least we wouldn't need to wait for towels.
Sorry but you are so wrong on every level here.

Please show me where within the rule book it states that it prohibits a throw in being thrown a certain length.

Good luck with this.
 
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