Goalkeepers are reportedly set to be banned from distracting penalty takers after Emiliano Martinez‘s controversial antics at the World Cup final prompted a review of the current rules.
The International Football Association Board have now decided to introduce new rules to ‘clamp down on gamesmanship’, stopping keepers from doing things with the intention of putting off the taker.
The Sun report that the IFAB will ratify the new rules at their annual general meeting in March, before they then officially become a part of the game.
Emiliano Martinez did everything he could to distract penalty takers at the World Cup
Argentina hero Martinez played a huge role in ending his country’s long wait for a third World Cup in Qatar, helping them win two penalty shootouts.
He delved into the dark arts on both occasions, doing everything he could to add pressure, such as moving the ball and delaying the opposition.
The Aston Villa stopper was even booked during the shootout in the final against France, where Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni missed.
The new rules will prohibit distracting movements such as dancing, gestures and shouting.
Martinez helped his side win two shootouts on their way to claiming the sport’s biggest trophy
Martinez had no regrets over his behaviour in the final, saying: ‘It’s a moment that I always have to give to my teammates, they scored three goals against me and it hurt, but then I did everything right. It was a game of suffering, just two efforts against us and they drew level with us.’
‘It is in this moment that I have to give my teammates peace of mind. I could have stopped it [Mbappe’s penalty] too, I dived badly. But then I did everything right. I have no words for it.’