|Another card happy Cambodian match official|
Whilst I'm on about the officials, Cambodian referees are the only ones on the planet as far as I know that do not allow an incoming substitute to take his place on the field before restarting the game. We regularly see players defending set pieces, leave the field to be replaced, but before the incoming player can sprint the fifty yards to get into position, the referee blows for the restart and the team making the change is penalized. It's a ridiculous situation and one the federation's refereeing officials should put right.
On the subject of the disciplinary system in C-League football, I find the rules surrounding cautions and subsequent suspensions to be particularly harsh. For example, the clubs play just 18 league matches, however, if a player receives four yellow cards, he will miss three matches. It works like this. Once a player receives two separate yellow cards, he is suspended for the next match. If that same player picks up another two yellow cards in future matches, then the next suspension is increased to two matches. So that's three games lost in a season to four yellow cards. The way the C-League referees flash the yellow cards, quite rightly referred to recently as "confetti" by Crown head coach David Booth, then clubs are severely affected by the absence of key players. I believe the number of yellow cards before a 1-match suspension is handed down should be increased to three. At this time, with two matches left to play, there are no less than nine Phnom Penh Crown players, who if they are booked in the next game, will miss the following match through suspension.