Why Mikel Arteta was booked during Arsenal clash against Man City as new rule broken

Why Mikel Arteta was booked during Arsenal clash against Man City as new rule broken

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was booked for dissent during his team's FA Community Shield clash against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

The Spaniard was shown a yellow card by referee Stuart Attwell after he ran towards the fourth official to complain that Bernardo Silva should have been booked for a foul on Jurrien Timber.

Arteta has been in the spotlight for his actions on the sidelines in recent seasons, and the new rule change is aimed at cracking down on dissent from managers.

Other measures that will see players and managers booked for time wasting have also been introduced by the PGMOL. Thomas Partey and Julian Alvarez were both given booking for kicking the ball away, while fans are likely to see the length of additional time increase in matches.

Howard Webb, chief of the PGMOL, said: "Football has come together and recognised that it's time to change. There is a collaborative desire from all corners of the game to tackle unacceptable behaviour and we know we must play our part in delivering that.

"Whatever your role or connection with football, that pride and passion for the English game is there for us all and are key reasons why we love it, but the power of example is strong – what’s seen in the professional game is replicated at grassroots level. We have a collective duty to set new standards and leave a legacy for the benefit of the game's future."

The new rules are part of a wider effort to improve the conduct of players, managers and fans in the English game. The Premier League has also introduced a new technical area code of conduct, increased fines for repeated offences and academy scholars will undertake refereeing courses to improve education on the role of referees.

It remains to be seen how effective the new rules will be in improving the conduct of players, managers and fans. However, the PGMOL is confident that they will help to make the English game a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
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