The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) decided to increase the penalty for protesting referees’ decisions, after it was previously limited to a one-match suspension against the protesting player.
The Federation revealed that it had canceled the previous penalty imposed in 2014, and replaced it with a fine amounting to 100,000 Algerian dinars (about 670 dollars) against the player, administrator, or technician who protests the referees’ decisions.
According to the FAF statement, every player or member of the technical and administrative staff who protests the decisions of the main referee or one of his assistants will be fined this amount, and the fine will be reduced by half for those active in the second division league.
As for gathering around the referee or one of his assistants to protest one of the decisions, this entails a personal penalty for the player whose name is recorded.
If the player in question is not diagnosed, the fine will be imposed on the team captain.
This step comes in an attempt to reduce the state of chaos and indiscipline that has prevailed in Algerian football stadiums in recent years, which sometimes leads to the use of verbal and physical violence against referees.