Game Changer: FIFA Contemplates Implementing ‘Mercy Rule’ Following Liverpool’s 7-0 Rout over Manchester United
After observing the match between Manchester United and Liverpool, Pierluigi Collina is contemplating implementing a new regulation. This rule is intended to assist teams that are being heavily defeated by their adversaries. Following Liverpool’s 7-0 victory over Manchester United, FIFA is contemplating the implementation of a “mercy rule” to avoid humiliating defeats for teams. Referees’ chief, Pierluigi Collina, questioned the decision to add only three minutes of injury time during the match at Anfield, indicating that such a rule may be necessary.
Despite the fact that six goals were scored and 10 substitutions were made, referee Andy Madley only added three minutes of stoppage time to the end of Liverpool’s massive victory over Manchester United. FIFA is advocating for longer stoppage time, as was seen at the World Cup, but the Premier League has yet to implement this. Pierluigi Collina, the referees’ chief at FIFA, acknowledged that the referee used “common sense” to aid both Manchester United and West Ham over the weekend.
“Last weekend, ten matches were played in the Premier League and four matches exceeded 100 minutes [in total],” Collina said. “Two of them should have been higher than this only because they were 7-0 and 4-0 [Brighton v West Ham United] and the referee probably decided not to consider the additional time be given accurately. “Six goals were scored in the second half [at Anfield].
I can understand that giving quite a relevant amount of additional time when it is 7-0 is difficult to understand in this specific match. But if the regulations of the competition say that the entire goal difference is relevant for the ranking at the end even one goal scored or not scored can make the difference.” FIFA are considering a ‘mercy rule’ However, rather than ‘common sense’ being used in these situations, Collina believes a ‘mercy rule’ could be implemented. “Maybe in the future we may consider to say that additional time has not to be given at the end of the match if there is a difference bigger than X goals between the two teams, but that would be in the laws of the game,” Collina added.
“Now it is common sense — but common sense is not common sense if it affects someone. In Spain v Costa Rica at the World Cup, Spain were leading 6-0 and eight minutes of additional time were given. “Spain scored one [more] goal in additional time [to make it 7-0] and that goal could have cost Spain or Costa Rica qualification for the next round of the competition.”
According to recent comments made by FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, it is possible that leagues will be monitored to ensure that they are using FIFA’s method of time-keeping. This could result in Premier League matches lasting more than 100 minutes next season, as was observed in the World Cup.