There was some confusing on Sunday with the new law regarding the use of tape and other items on socks. I have got this clarified by Kent FA and have posted this statement below for all to read. All referees have had the email sent to them so all referees/players/team officials are now aware of what is expected from everyone regarding the new law.
In accordance to Law 4, (p.21 of 2012/2013 Laws of the Game);
“Stockings – if tape or similar material is applied externally it must be the same colour as that part of the stocking it is applied to”
This INCLUDES ankle guards. These MUST be the same colour as the sock!
It is not, in itself, a cautionable offence if players wear different coloured tape/guards etc. However, if/when you notice this, the following action must be taken;
1. Wait until a stoppage in play.
2. Ask the offender to rectify the problem – you may wish to ask them to leave the FOP in this instance to speed up the process
3. Any player who fails to leave the field of play to rectify the problem MUST then be cautioned for Failing to Leave the Field of Play
Referees would be encouraged to use the Captain at Stage 2, to help deal with the issue.