Fifa mulling ways to put players' behaviour 'back in right direction', says Marco van Basten

London: Fifa is thinking about introducing new measures to improve player behaviour towards match officials, chief officer for technical development Marco van Basten revealed on Saturday.

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.

 Fifa mulling ways to put players behaviour back in right direction, says Marco van Basten

File photo of Marco van Basten. Reuters

"There are a lot of players now who are complaining during a game," Van Basten told the BBC.

"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."

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."

Van Basten, one may recall,  was coach of Netherlands in an infamous second round match against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup which saw 16 yellow cards being flashed and two players from either team being sent off. The match that took place in Nuremberg in Germany has been dubbed the 'Battle of Nuremberg' after a battle during the Second World War.

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Updated Date: Dec 25, 2016 13:14:23 IST