FIFA panel tightens rule on soccer shirt slogans

GRAHAM DUNBAR (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
FIFA panel tightens rule on soccer shirt slogans
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds the book "Laws of the Game" as he speaks during a press conference following the 128 Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board IFAB, on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Steffen Schmidt)

ZURICH (AP) -- Players at the World Cup face FIFA disciplinary action for revealing any slogan or image on their undershirts.

Soccer's rules-making panel modified the law on Saturday and it will take effect on June 1.

The panel, known as IFAB, says breaking the rule is not a yellow-card offense, though players can be disciplined by competition organizers.

Also, IFAB approved head coverings for male and female players and restated opposition to video replay in decision-making.

The panel rejected UEFA's proposal to remove red cards from the so-called ''triple punishment'' for penalty-area fouls, which deny a goal-scoring opportunity.

IFAB's new soccer and technical advisory panels will discuss the issue and oversee trials of ''sin bins'' where players are sidelined for several minutes instead of getting a yellow card.