UEFA's head of refereeing says the sport's rules-making body should include the controversial offside interpretation that allowed the Netherlands to score its first goal in a 3-0 victory over Italy this week at the European Championship.
Ruud van Nistelrooy appeared offside when he scored Monday. But Swedish referee Peter Frojdfeldt allowed the goal to count because Italian defender Christian Panucci was lying injured off the field of play.
"In the Laws of the Game, we have the situation where a defender deliberately goes out of the field of play. But in the one the other day, he was out by the momentum of the situation," Yvan Cornu, UEFA's head of refereeing, said Thursday.
Cornu said UEFA cannot propose the change directly, but a proposal must be made by a national association to the International Football Association Board, which meets annually to discuss and vote on rules changes. The IFAB has eight members, four from FIFA and one each from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
"It has to be clarified," Cornu said. "For us, for the referees, it has always been clear. But now, because the case happened, and it's a very special one, now the public is aware of it."
UEFA clearly wasn't unhappy with Frojdfeldt's decision. General secretary David Taylor had already voiced his support for Frojdfeldt and his linesman, and Frojdfeldt and his team of officials will take charge of Sunday's Group A game between Turkey and the Czech Republic a crucial match that will decide which team advances to the quarterfinals.
"We have referees down for the next round of the tournament and he is one of them," UEFA spokesman William Gaillard said.
On another matter, Cornu said the decision is up to the referee and the UEFA match official whether to suspend play because of rain. Turkey's 2-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday was played in a downpour in Basel.
"If really it's become impossible to play, the final decision regarding the match itself is the referee's, but he will consult with the referee observer and the delegate of the match," Cornu said.
Cornu said that if the conditions temporarily make a field unplayable, the match wouldn't necessarily have to be abandoned. Cornu said the referee could suspend play and resume the match if the weather clears up.
"That's an option," he said. "It may well be that the pitch is draining the rain."
CZECH JERSEY: The Czechs are bolstering international relations with their jerseys.
The red jersey used in Wednesday's loss to Portugal was typical, displaying the opponent's flag along with that of the Czech Republic on the chest area.
Team spokesman Lukas Tucek said the Czechs have been using such jerseys since the qualifying campaign for Euro 2004, held in Portugal, following an example of several other national teams. Also on the tops is the match date.
The purpose is to stress the uniqueness of each international game, Tucek said.
He added that some nations are using flags, while others opt for the soccer federations' logos. The players have two sets of the jerseys available for each game.
THE GOING PRICE: The Netherlands plays its next match at the European Championship on Friday, and that is welcome news to the team's army of traveling fans and a small group of ticket scalpers following the tournament in Switzerland and Austria.
The fervent, orange-clad Dutch fans have been identified by ticket resellers as the big spenders at Euro 2008, where supply was never going to meet demand because six of the eight stadiums hold just 30,000 spectators. That makes for ideal conditions to inflate the black market.
Only the Poles and Germans, the scalpers say, have matched the Oranje fans' willingness to pay much more than face value for a ticket.
At the other end of the scale, French buyers in Zurich and ticket-less Italians in Bern were sparse, according to dealers who had moved on to work at the Geneva train station Wednesday. They've arrived from such places as London, Washington and Vancouver, and they're not totally happy with what they've found.
Not enough tickets to buy up and too few carefree buyers have made business sluggish. At least the Geneva police leave the saclpers in peace, even the one with a "We Buy Tickets" placard across his chest. So much better than unsympathetic French cops have been in the past.
One scalper said he's having to sell some tickets at near face value, although full disclosure in this trade is not expected. The same Londoner there are no names in this business refused to meet the asking price of $200 demanded by a fan in a Switzerland shirt trying to turn a profit on a highest-priced ticket for the Czech Republic vs. Turkey game in Geneva on Sunday.
The fan thought the scalper could easily sell it later for $300.
BODY DOUBLES: John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Peter Crouch, Joe Cole and Michael Owen played for an England team in Austria during the European Championship.
Their names may be familiar, but their faces weren't. These soccer players were not the ones who suit up for England, but a group of Englishmen with the same names.
England fan David Little came up with the idea to field his team after the real players failed to qualify for Euro 2008. So he searched the country for men with names similar to those on the squad.
"They don't have to be talented footballers themselves, but they must wear their England shirts with pride," Little said.
The Englishmen played a team from Spain. They drew 6-6.