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These new Premier League rules could see an avalanche of yellow & red cards this season

It's been a long time coming, as we've witnessed the likes of this:

And this:

And this:

Norwich players surround referee

With too many more examples to name.

But, at long last, the Premier League is making a move to cut out the constant abuse and harassment of its match officials, with a new code of conduct which includes yellow cards for a whole host of behaviourial and respect-related misdemeanours.

A statement issued explains that, "The English football authorities have noticed over the past four seasons that intolerable behaviour by players and managers in their competitions have reached unacceptable levels in certain areas. Therefore the Premier League, EFL and The FA have announced a collective undertaking to improve behaviour across the game. 

"Their undertaking will task the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) to take a stronger position and action towards unacceptable participant conduct. This will focus on behaviour towards match officials, with the aim of reducing disrespectful conduct such as aggressively challenging decisions or running from distance to confront an official. The PGMO will apply the Laws of the Game to manage rigorously the following incidents of bad behaviour with the following sanctions."

These are the new instructions that referees are now under:



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