By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline
Published: 08:35 BST, 3 August 2020 | Updated: 08:39 BST, 3 August 2020
Footballers will be shown a red card if they deliberately cough at an opponent or referee, as the Football Association brings in new rules in relation to the coronavirus.
The governing body has compiled a comprehensive document outlining detailed guidance for match officials overseeing games while coronavirus restrictions are in place, and the new rules come into force with immediate effect.
The rules dictate that in the situation where a 'clear act' of coughing towards someone occurs, the player in question should be disciplined with a red card, removing them from the game.
Footballers will be shown a red card if they deliberately cough at another player or referee
The new guidance applies to all levels of the game, but referees will not be expected to ensure players are socially distant during goal celebrations nor will they punish spitting on the pitch, unless a player has been warned not to and continues to do so.
Deliberate coughing is treated as seriously as punching under the new guidance. Targeted coughing has now been deemed a criminal offence by the