Soccer players may receive blue cards and be placed in a penalty box for expressing disagreement and committing deliberate fouls, as proposed by the organization responsible for determining the rules of the sport.
Instead of just having yellow and red cards, there will now be a blue card that can lead to a player being taken off the field for 10 minutes. To add more confusion, there will also be the option to combine colors. If a player comes back from being temporarily suspended and receives another blue card, they will also be given a red card and be kicked out of the game permanently. Additionally, receiving both a blue and yellow card will also result in a red card.
On Friday, the International Football Association Board (Ifab) will announce their recommendations for upcoming trials in various competitions.
The new development is a joint effort from influential figures in international soccer to enhance “participant conduct” during matches, following an increase in conflicts on the field. It is widely believed that this type of behavior can affect the behavior of spectators and lead to incidents in lower level sports, resulting in real-world consequences for both players and referees.
Revised regulations were implemented in English football at the beginning of this season to discourage players from confronting referees and to impose stricter financial penalties for any violations.
During the autumn season, Ifab made an announcement about their plans to increase the use of sin-bins after seeing positive results in a variety of grassroots competitions, primarily in England.
According to reports, the Football Association is considering using the FA Cup for trial purposes. However, Fifa, the international governing body, has stated that it would be too early to include top competitions in these trials.
The tests have not been approved for major tournaments, which means there will be no temporary penalties in the Premier League. Additionally, Uefa does not plan to implement temporary penalties in this year’s men’s European Championship or the Champions League.
Uefa’s president, Alexander Ceferin, has expressed his strong disapproval of sin-bins, calling them “the downfall of football”. He is not the only one who has voiced their discontent, as other influential figures in the sport have also been critical. This comes after previous issues with the implementation of video refereeing technology.
The Tottenham manager, Ange Postecoglou, stated that the idea should be discarded and not given any further consideration. He expressed confusion as to why they continue to involve themselves in the game.
But the chief executive of the FA, Mark Bullingham, who sits on the board of the Ifab, has defended the innovation. “The success of sin-bins in the grassroots game has been prevention, rather than cure,” he said in December. “You get to a point where players know the threat of sin-bins, so don’t transgress. And we would hope that it would make the same change [higher up the game].”
Ifab has been asked for a response.
In a post on X, Fifa stated that any potential experiments should only be conducted at lower levels in a responsible manner. This stance will be reaffirmed during the IFAB AGM on March 2nd.