The clock marked 42 minutes into the match between France and Poland when it was revealed that one of the Laws of the Game – 4 in this case – had been violated by French defender Jules Conde. The Barcelona player entered the field with a gold chain around his neck And he had to seek the help of a member of the technical team to remove it, after being called to attention by a member of the arbitration team.
The thread had already appeared in television images, but it seemed that his presence had lost the attention of everyone, including the French coach, Didier Deschamps, who spared no criticism of his player. “Condé couldn’t have started the game with the string. I don’t know what he’s got on the necklace, I know he’s a bit superstitious and he wears it to rehearsals too. I don’t know what the string means to him, But I told him he was very lucky that I didn’t catch him in front of me at that moment.“, the coach admitted after the match.
The Law 4 of the Laws of the Game Its goal is “players equipment”. In Article 1, related to safety, they are defined as “they cannot use” dangerous equipment or any substance. 🇧🇷Use any type of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather or plastic bands, etc.)., and must be removed before starting the game. Duct tape may not be used to cover them. Players must be screened before the game starts and substitutes before entering the game.
The same law states that players must be checked before the game begins – it is not known how the golden thread escaped inspection – and substitutes before entering the field of play. If the player is wearing unauthorized/dangerous clothing or jewelry, The referee shall order the player to “either” remove the article in question or, at the next interruption, leave the field of play “for himself,” if he is unable or unwilling to remove it.🇧🇷 If the athlete refuses, he should be warned. Koundé escaped a yellow card by immediately removing the collar.
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