Plans for clamp down on time wasting with Cardiff vs Burnley having shortest ‘ball in play’ time for five-years… eight of which were for Sean Morrison taking throw-ins

FOOTBALL lawmakers could clamp down on time-wasting after the ball was in play for just 42 minutes and two seconds in Cardiff City’s clash with Burnley.

That was the shortest actual playing time in a Premier League fixture since Stoke took on Aston Villa in December 2013 – which totalled 40 minutes and 50 seconds.

 Football lawmakers could clamp down on time-wasting

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Football lawmakers could clamp down on time-wasting

Remarkably, eight minutes of Cardiff’s match was spent waiting for Sean Morrison to take throw-ins.

The Bluebirds centre-half took 20 in total throughout his side’s 2-1 home defeat to the Clarets.

Now the Times claim the International FA Board (IFAB) are looking at ways to increase playing time.

It is part of the game’s rule-makers “Play Fair” strategy.

 Sean Morrison spent eight minutes taking 20 throw-ins during the clash between Cardiff and Burnley

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Sean Morrison spent eight minutes taking 20 throw-ins during the clash between Cardiff and Burnley
 Cardiff's match with Burnley actually saw just 40 minutes and 50 seconds of action

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Cardiff's match with Burnley actually saw just 40 minutes and 50 seconds of action

The potential new rules being looked into include the referee stopping his watch at throw-ins, corners and goalkicks between them being conceded to the time play resumes.

The Times report an IFAB source told them: “We all want to crack down on major time-wasting and increase playing time but the fundamental question is how we do it.”

They rejected a previous suggestion of having a clock inside the stadium to measure 60 minutes of actual playing time.

IFAB will hold their next annual meeting in March in Scotland to discuss all recommended law changes.

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FOOTBALL lawmakers could clamp down on time-wasting after the ball was in play for just 42 minutes and two seconds in Cardiff City’s clash with Burnley.