Teams have also been accused of timewasting by instructing (or allowing) their ballboys to delay returning the ball for the away team to take a throw in or a corner kick. UEFA warned the Scottish Football Association about this following a complaint by French coach Raymond Domenech following a 1-0 victory for Scotland
Football referees, the governing body FIFA and the International Football Association Board are trying to prevent "simulation" (such as diving and timewasting) with more powerful punishments as part of their ongoing target to stop all kinds of simulation in football.
The booking of Swiss player Paulo Diogo for timewasting following a goal celebration was considered controversial. Diogo had caught his wedding ring on the metal perimeter fence of the ground while celebrating his goal for Servette, which led to him tearing off his finger - the delay was caused by Diogo and the match stewards searching for his finger.
Although punishment for timewasting tends to happen towards the end of a game, as does the offence itself, it can happen at an early stage of the match. During a game in 1972 between Norway and the Netherlands in Rotterdam, the Norwegian goalkeeper, Per Haftorsen, received a yellow card for time-wasting after only five minutes.
In December 1979, during a Division One game between Liverpool and Derby County, Roy McFarland was booked for timewasting after kicking the ball into the stands after just two minutes of the ninety (Derby having taken a lead - unexpectedly - from a penalty kick after just 20 seconds of the match).
In Australian Rules Football, late in a close game players who have marked the ball will often attend to their uniforms such as tucking in jersey's or pulling their socks up along with over zealous stretching in an effort to milk the clock. It is up to the umpire to call 'play on' or stop the clock while this happens. Players kicking for goal are now given no more than 30 seconds to take their kicks in response to some players' extended preparation rituals though even this is rarely enforced.
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