> What sort of penalties are being meted out in the trial-by-video?
Offenses that the ref missed - hits, ellbowing, kicking, spitting,
things like that.
> Suspensions? Fines? Just a couple of examples off the top of your
E.g. IIRC Guy Demel of HSV got banned for 4 games IIRC after hitting an
opponent. Ismael got banned for somethign similar. Micoud and someone
else might be banned this week, too - Micoud for grabbing the balls of
> It certainly is a good thing and should be used everywhere. They
> could almost wipe diving out of the game, although there are still
> some (Michael Owen a good example) who look like they've stepped on a
> landmine with the slightest touch. In that case it's not necessarily a
> dive, it's just a brilliant overreaction.
Forget about the diving part. Trial-by-videos are only allowed on
incidents the referee didn't see and therefore couldn't make a decision
about. The ref will always see a dive or a foul in the box and make a
decision about it - this decision can't be reversed.
In the 90s DFB tried to do that and banned Andi Moeller for a clear dive
in the box, but IIRC DFB got huge stick from FIFA for it.
Christian Ziege: "Vom HSV lernen hei?t Siegen lernen."
R. Fowler: "Sure, I was an Evertonian, but I wasn't stupid: deep
down [..] I always knew that Liverpool were the better side.