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FIFA panel tightens rule on soccer shirt slogans

Saturday - 3/1/2014, 9:55am  ET

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds the book "Laws of the Game" as he speaks during a press conference following the 128 Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board IFAB, on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Steffen Schmidt)

GRAHAM DUNBAR
AP Sports Writer

ZURICH (AP) -- Players at the World Cup face FIFA disciplinary action for revealing any slogan or image on their undershirts.

Soccer's rules-making panel modified the law on Saturday and it will take effect on June 1.

The panel, known as IFAB, says breaking the rule is not a yellow-card offense, though players can be disciplined by competition organizers.

Also, IFAB approved head coverings for male and female players and restated opposition to video replay in decision-making.

The panel rejected UEFA's proposal to remove red cards from the so-called "triple punishment" for penalty-area fouls, which deny a goal-scoring opportunity.

IFAB's new soccer and technical advisory panels will discuss the issue and oversee trials of "sin bins" where players are sidelined for several minutes instead of getting a yellow card.


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