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Like the neighboring championships (including France), the Premier League has adopted the principle of 5 changes next season, to cope with the calendar tightened by the Covid-19 pandemic. For this same reason, the English Federation has adopted a new rule, which arouses more disbelief.
The notion of intentionality
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The decision was made to penalize players who deliberately cough at an opponent or even the referee with a red card. Such an action must be taken if “the referee is certain that the player has intentionally, at a close range, coughed in the direction of an opponent’s face during an official match”, which would fall within the scope of “behavior or offensive gestures “. The document specifies, however, that referees should not sanction routine coughing.