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Emiliano Martínez spoke after FIFA's 'anti Dibu' rule for penalties: "I have fun, it's my time to disconnect"


On Friday, the International Board, the body that determines the rules of soccer, published changes regarding the behavior of goalkeepers before the executor of the penalty. What did the world champion say with the Argentine National Team?

The heroic performance of

Emiliano Martínez

in winning the World Cup in Qatar 2022 with the Argentine National Team generated repercussions throughout the world and in various fields.

But the attitudes of the man from Mar del Plata during the penalty shootouts -something that already came from the 2021 Copa América- caught the attention of the

International Board

, which regulates soccer regulations before FIFA and last Friday announced an "anti Dibu" rule for avoid inconvenience to each executor.

"It's my time to disconnect. I don't take it as pressure, it's like fun. It's something I like," said "Dibu" Martínez in an interview with AFA Estudio.

During the tournament in Arab lands, the 30-year-old from Mar del Plata was vital in the games against


(with a save on the hour in the round of 16),

the Netherlands

(saved two penalties to win the quarterfinals) and the final against


(a shot deflected in the definition).

In those episodes, Dibu Martínez went around the world for his mental games: he spoke to the kicker, intimidated him with his dances and even, on one occasion, he threw the ball far away to make his rival more nervous.

In addition, he referred specifically to what happened against the Netherlands:

"I knew Van Dijk from Liverpool. I had seen him kick crossed and up and I thought he was not going to change. In that penalty I stretched so much that I injured my hip and I still hurts"


Asked about the save in the final against French striker

Randal Kolo Muani

, the winner of The Best award for the best goalkeeper of 2022 admitted that "it was such a quick play" that he did not have "time to enjoy it".

Photo REUTERS/Molly Darlington

In another section, Martínez highlighted the connection with captain

Lionel Messi

, who "deserved more than anyone" to win the World Cup.

"As in the Copa América we were happy for him, in the World Cup it was the same. I play first for the country and then for him, because he deserved it more than anyone," he said.

With just 23 games with the Argentine national team, "Dibu" Martínez has already won three titles and is one of the public's favourites, but he is not satisfied and intends to go for more.

"I want to continue leaving a legacy. I only played 23 games, I want to add games and play with my people. I want them to want to see me, that the boys want to be goalkeepers is something beautiful. Today, seeing the boys doing my little dance makes me gives more pride than being world champion", he concluded.

What does the rule say and when does it go into effect?

This Friday, the International Board published some regulatory changes that will be in force in soccer as of July 1 of this year and one of the modifications is a clear reaction against Emiliano Martínez: it refers to the behavior of the goalkeeper in front of the executor of a penalty.

"The goalkeeper must remain on his own goal line, between the two goal posts but without touching these, the crossbar or the net, and in front of the kicker until the ball is hit. The goalkeeper will not behave in a manner that distracts the kicker in an unregulated way. For example, it will not delay the execution of the penalty or touch the posts, the crossbar or the net of the goal", indicates the article.

And it continues like this: "It is clarified that, with his conduct, the goalkeeper will not disrespect football or the opponent. For example, distracting the kicker in an illegal way."

How is this translated?

Now a goalkeeper will not be able to throw the ball away from the kicker before taking the maximum penalty, or talk to the referee or kicker before kicking off.

Dibu had some behaviors that sought to distract the executors of penalties.

For example: in the 2021 Copa América semifinal against Colombia, he told Yerry Mina "look what I eat, brother."

Already in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he used distraction strategies against the Netherlands, in the quarterfinals, and in the remembered definition against France that ended in the third star for the National Team.

other changes

The International Board also ruled that "in a penalty shootout, warnings and reprimands imposed on players and coaching staff during the match will not be taken into account."

This means that if a footballer was carrying a warning and commits a yellow offense in the penalty shootout, he will not be sent off, but will receive another yellow.

In addition, the IB announced that if a person invades the field of play during a goal, that goal will only be disallowed if that individual interfered with play.

In this it is worth remembering that in Dibu's save to Kolo Muani in the World Cup final there was an image that showed that some French substitutes had stepped on the field before the shot.

For this reason, the debate was installed that, in the case of having been a goal, the referee could have annulled it.

With this new regulation, it is already known that the goal should not be invalidated.

And the IB also explained in which situations a defender who commits an offense inside his area must be penalized after the penalty if it is a clear goal situation.

It will be yellow if the foul is in the dispute for the ball.

Otherwise, "grabbing, pulling, pushing, inability to play the ball, etc.), the offender will be sent off."

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Source: clarin

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