Except that just isn't true. You do still see them - and at all levels. As I recall, there was at least one within the last two seasons in a game involving Spurs. It attracted quite a bit of attention precisely because it was in a scoring position right at the edge of the area. I can't understand the argument that some are making, that it is somehow unfair to the team that has just broken the Laws of the Game, to not allow them time to set up for the resulting free kick. I can see no justification for that, either in the letter or the spirit of the law. As far as I'm concerned, the offending team has no rights at a free kick - except the right not to be misled by the referee. Which is why, although I'm generally in favour of quick free kicks even close to the opponent's goal, I was uncomfortable with the way the referee in the Real Madrid game handled that situation. He had already arrived 'on the scene' and appeared to be managing the free kick. As some have pointed out, he may even have been partly blocking the goalkeeper's view of the ball. Having physically intervened in the way that he did, I felt he should have made it ceremonial.