Managers targeted by imminent rule change amid controversy over Mikel Arteta’s behaviour
Premier League managers will be handed a new set of rules to follow as the game looks to curb the growing issue of touchline behaviour.
Howard Webb, the PGMOL’s chief refereeing officer, has detailed plans to tweak the law over the summer to get a better grip on the likes of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard has sparked a debate across the league over how managers are handling the pressures of the game from the dugout, with the Gunners fined almost £200,000 by the FA this season for their behaviour towards officials.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was recently charged for his comments against referee Paul Tierney after confronting the official in his side’s victory over Tottenham, with Fulham’s Marco Silva and Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi also handed multiple sanctions.
Webb has promised to clamp down on such behaviour and work with managers when constructing the new guidelines.
“For quite some time now, there’s a group of people coming together from all aspects of the game looking at ways of participant behaviour, trying to agree some real steps we think will make a difference,” he told the BBC on the subject of managers.
“They will be implemented in the close season and we’ll be talking to the clubs, managers, the players, the media, everybody involved really to lay out what they look like.
“We’ll be going into the season with the agreement of all participants about the way it should look. I get a sense that there’s a stronger desire now for this happen, about getting back to the football.
“We don’t need to see the behaviour that we’ve seen continue.”