Football Language: Retrospective action

Football Language: Retrospective action

Retrospective actionAlthough not exclusively a football term, this phrase can be heard quite frequently in the game. The meaning of the word ‘retrospective‘ is to look back at something. If a referee sees a player doing something wrong in a match he or she can book or send off the player. However, if the referee does not see the incident then the FA (the organising body of the game in England) has the power to give (impose) a punishment or sanction. As this means looking back at the incident it is known as retrospective action.
  • Example: Manchester United striker and Burnley defender Tyrone Mings may face retrospective action after their clash yesterday.

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