Rodri becomes the first player suspended under new rule used in Euro 2024

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Rodri becomes the first player suspended under new rule used in Euro 2024

Manchester City and Spain midfielder Rodri has become the first player to be suspended under a new Euro 2024 rule. Rodri was cautioned in Spain's 3-0 win over Croatia for giving away a penalty after bringing down Bruno Petkovic. Many believed he should have been sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, a rule recently changed.

In the game against Italy, Rodri received another yellow card at the end of the first half for complaining to the referee. According to a new UEFA regulation, only team captains are allowed to communicate with the referee. Spain's captain is Alvaro Morata, with Dani Carvajal as vice-captain.

Rodri's consecutive yellow cards mean he will be suspended for Spain's final Group B game against Albania.

Roberto Rosetti, UEFA's managing director of refereeing said: "Being a referee in the modern game is very difficult."

"The official in the middle takes between 200 to 250 decisions per match - that is one every 22 seconds - in difficult and sometimes controversial situations, under huge pressure, with each of them scrutinised and re-watched from multiple different angles by fans and pundits alike.

"Explaining a decision with up to 22 players mobbing you is impossible for a referee. It can lead to a breakdown in communication, with the beautiful game turning very ugly very quickly."

"Importantly, we want only the captain from the team who wishes to discuss a decision to be able to approach the referee."

AuthorAndrii SokolovskyiSourceSPORTbible
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