Fouls and free kicks !
I’ve always thought if you’re fouled, the free kick is awarded to give you back the advantage you may have had prior to the foul.
If you take the kick quickly to maintain that advantage, good job I say. With a wall of defenders being set up in front of the free kick, the advantage is pretty much taken away.
Players were stopped from standing over the ball to prevent quick free kicks a few seasons ago. That in itself is a bookable offence now. It was introduced so a free kick could be taken quickly if required.
I don’t have a problem with it, we just got caught cold. Should have been more aware of the issues around us.
Also while on the subject. A player gets fouled, gets awarded a free kick, but has to go off the field for treatment. So where’s the advantage when your sides down to 10 men because you’ve been hacked down. A real advantage would be, if an injured player, due to foul play, has to leave the field for treatment. The player committing the foul should also have to leave the field for the same amount of time at least. Possibly with an extra couple of minutes added as well.
This is my unbiased opinion but I still think Atkinson is a bias anti red
Official who is a disgrace, and should be removed from football at any level.
What he does is akin to sabotage in any other role in the workplace.