Martin Jol has called for a change in the law after Fulham’s forwards were forced off by robust challenges from Norwich City defenders in the goalless draw at Carrow Road.
The Fulham manager felt his side were placed at an unfair disadvantage when Dimitar Berbatov had to leave the field after being caught by a high boot from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson in the early stages of the encounter. The Bulgarian international was bloodied by Johnson’s challenge and needed stitches. Jol’s frustrations only increased when Hugo Rodallega required treatment on the field after a tackle from behind by Elliott Bennett – and the Colombian forward was subsequently sent to the sidelines.
The Dutch coach is calling from a change in the law to prevent teams from being at a numerical disadvantage through no fault of their own:
I get very irritated by that, when someone kicks you and you have to go off for five minutes. Later, Hugo Rodallega was also kicked and he had to go off, and they played again 11 against 10.
We have got to change that because it is an awful rule. You should send their player away as well for five minutes and play 10 against 10.