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Van Basten: FIFA looking at player behaviour

Former Netherlands striker Marco Van Basten said FIFA are looking at improving football players' behaviour, including possibly only allowing captains to speak to the referee.

PSG players protest to the referee during their 2015 Champions League game against Chelsea
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Football looking at following rugby's lead

FIFA is thinking about introducing new measures to improve player behaviour towards match officials, the organisation's chief officer for technical development Marco van Basten said on Saturday.

Marco Van Basten
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Marco Van Basten

The former Netherlands striker and manager says football's world governing body could follow the lead of rugby union, in which only team captains are allowed to speak to referees.

Lot of complaining in football

'There are a lot of players now who are complaining during a game,' Van Basten, who has been in the role since September, told the BBC.

Manchester United players protest en masse.
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Manchester United players protest en masse.

'I am sure the behaviour of the players can be better. We are thinking about putting it back in the right direction.'

Asked if football could learn from rugby, Van Basten said: 'I think we can learn from every sport and they can learn from us, but we have to confront the problem.'

"Football has to be honest"

He added: 'This is what we have to do to help the referees. We try to make a good product -- dynamic, exciting -- but in the end also honest.

'There's a lot of emotion in the game and that's what's good, but we have to control it also.'


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