Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has praised the recently-implemented crackdown on the harassment of referees, but reveals players are often left baffled by the constant changes to the rules of play.The Scotland international even claims a lot of the players, including himself, no longer fully understand the offside rule.The Premier League, the Football League and the Football Association have announced in recent weeks that there will be a new zero-tolerance crackdown on the ‘intolerable’ treatment of referees, starting from this season.It means officials will be given more power to take a stricter approach to dissent, intimidation and physical contact from players or managers, and can issue red cards to any player who confronts them, swears at them or is aggressive towards them in any way.It’s a big step forward for English football after seeing events more commonly seen in other European leagues creep into the Premier League.Scotland international Adam has hailed the new rules, and admits he will have to curb his own sometimes hot-headed behaviour.When asked about the news on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Adam joked: “Well, that’s an extra three or four bookings for me a season!”He then continued: “No, but I think it’s important because I think there are certain clubs in the Premier League who have got away with having players running up to the referee for a number of years.“Now something is being done about that and I think it’s a good thing. Everybody is watching the Premier League worldwide and it doesn’t look good for the game.”But it’s not the only new rule to come in ahead of the new season, with revisions over the offside rule and other basic rules of the game giving fans, pundits and the players themselves a constant headache over the last few campaigns.And Adam admits the players, in particular, have a hard time keeping pace with how the game is progressing.“They’ve made that many changes it’s going to be mind-boggling,” the Potters star told talkSPORT.“The players don’t understand it.“I’m still not really sure about the offside rule. I’ve been playing the game for 15 years, and I still don’t really understand it.“The game is moving on so fast, they’re trying to change it and it’s only going to be better for the spectators and people watching on television.“But there’s that many rules now that they need to be clarified before the start of the season, the need to sit down with the players to explain them!”Listen to Charlie Adam’s interview on the Alan Brazil Sports breakfast IN FULL above!
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