Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/21/14
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Video evidence should be used to punish footballers who dive, fake injuries or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Seeking to eradicate cheating from the game, Blatter questioned why disciplinary bodies are not using existing rules to take retrospective action. ''Video evidence can contribute greatly to fair play, provided the sport's disciplinary bodies are prepared to use it - and they should,'' Blatter wrote in his column in FIFA's weekly magazine. Article 96 of FIFA's disciplinary code states that audio or video recordings are permissible to mount disciplinary cases. ''Video evidence can be used for serious breaches of the principle of fair play such as brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal insults and racist slurs, or for incorrectly awarded red or yellow cards,'' Blatter said. ''In cases such as these we must make use of the avenues already open to us and intervene after the event if necessary. ''In this context, we should include the faking of injur...
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