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Raphael Varane slams FA’s new additional time rule

United's defender Raphael Varane questions FA's choice to prolong match durations this season.

Manchester United and France International, Raphael Varane has expressed dissatisfaction towards football’s governing body for pushing players to what he perceives as a “risky threshold” due to the implementation of new regulations this season.

Varane’s comments seem to be aimed at the additional minutes slated to be included at the conclusion of matches and referees have been directed to extend the match duration to account for any in-game interruptions.

“We had a meeting last week with the FA,” Varane wrote on Twitter.

“They recommended from the referees new decisions and rules. From the managers and players, we have shared our concerns for many years now that there are too many games, the schedule is overcrowded, and it’s at a dangerous level for players physical and mental well-being.”

“Despite our previous feedbacks, they have now recommended for next season: longer games, more intensity, and less emotions to be shown by players.”

“We just want to be in good condition on the pitch to give 100% to our club and fans.”

“Why are our opinions not being heard? As a player, I feel very privileged to do the job I love every day but I feel these changes are damaging our game.”

“We want to be at our maximum level, the best we can be and put on amazing performances for fans to celebrate every week”, he added.

“I believe it is important that we, players and managers, highlight these important issues as we want to protect the game we love and give the fans our best.”

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