Tactical fouling is spoiling football – time for the rulemakers to stamp it out
The ESPN FC crew discuss whether enough is being done to protect Manchester City's players.
Football is often considered conservative with its rule changes, but in recent decades there have been various subtle but crucial alterations to the Laws of the Game, which are often overlooked.
The back-pass law in the early 1990s, for example, forced goalkeepers and defenders to become more technically skilled, encouraging passing football. Stricter tackling laws, meanwhile, protected attackers from brutal challenges. Revisions to the offside law meant defences could no longer step up and stop,…