Celebrations a no-no

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Team Canada got a stern warning from FIFA officials about rules' transgressions on Thursday, but there was one no-no that coach Dale Mitchell wouldn't mind being bent a bit.

The players were told to refrain from "excessive goal celebrations", such as removing their shirts and waving them. Letting loose in front of a home crowd would be hard to resist for Canada players.

"FIFA takes a dim view of that and we don't want any silly cards," Mitchell said.

CHILLY ATMOSPHERE? Security for tomorrow's game against Chile at the national soccer stadium (BMO Field) will be increased, but not likely heavy handed.

Local Chilean fans will have strong representation.

"We've handed that area to FIFA and they are working with our existing employees at the stadium and with the Toronto police," said a Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. spokesman.

TURF WARS:The thinking is that BMO's artificial turf will assist both the Chileans and Canadians, being both have technically efficient teams.

"It's better for passing and means the ball won't slip away from you as it might on wet grass," said soccer analyst Dick Howard. "You'll find physical teams like the grass because they can tackle harder. Scotland is going to love playing on the grass in the Western Canadian stadiums."


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