Sin bin trials coming to football

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A blue card is to be introduced in professional football as part of sin-bin trials to be announced on Friday.

Telegraph Sport can reveal the game’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), has signed off on what would be the first new card to be used at the top end of the sport since the advent of yellow and red cards at the 1970 World Cup.

The revolutionary move will be announced by Ifab as part of sin-bin protocols that will see players removed from the field for 10 minutes if they commit a cynical foul or show dissent towards a match official.

Blue cards have been used this season during a sin-bin trial in grassroots football in Wales, with the colour chosen over the likes of orange in order to differentiate it clearly from a yellow or red card.

The new protocol announced on Friday will limit the new card to fouls that prevent a promising attack plus dissent, as well as confirming a player should be shown a red card if they receive two blue cards during a match or a combination of yellow and blue.

Top-tier competitions will be excluded from initial testing in the professional game in case the protocols require further refinement, but elite trials could still begin as soon as the summer.

That may include in the FA Cup and Women’s FA Cup, with the Football Association considering volunteering next season’s competitions for testing.

But sin-bins will not be used in this summer’s European Championship or next term’s Champions League after the president of Uefa, Aleksander Ceferin, told Telegraph Sport last month he was completely opposed to them, adding: “It’s not football anymore.”

The European governing body nevertheless could be forced to introduce them if, as expected, trials lead to them being added to the laws of the game.

Ifab, the board of which includes FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, first agreed in November to test the rugby-style measure in elite competitions such as the Premier League.

Sin-bins have worked successfully at tackling dissent for many years at grass roots and youth level and the new trials will also see them used to punish tactical fouling.

As reported by Telegraph Sport, Ifab also approved a global trial of another rugby union rule that would see only team captains allowed to speak to the match referee about a decision.

The trials have been fast-tracked amid dire warnings from Ifab’s leaders about player behaviour, of which they said: “This might be the cancer that kills football.”

Ifab’s annual business meeting decided that sin-bins were key to clamping down on this, as well as on any foul that prevents a promising attack but does not meet the threshold for a red card.

One example given during the meeting was Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shirt-pull on England’s Bukayo Saka in the final of Euro 2020, which only resulted in a yellow card.
 
Having watched how the Irish wasted time in the rugby when their man was in the bin I have reservations
Player A Sent to the bin for 10 mins. His colleague player B goes down with an injury
Clock in the bin keeps ticking. There's 3 of the 10 gone, then another one goes down, then another. Time is up and nothing has happened. Then another player is sent and off we go again
 
A better rule would be an automatic yellow after 4 fouls and automatic red after 6
Good idea in theory but my concern would be all the pathetic fouls that get awarded when players wait for someone behind to get too close then just fall over. Soft as anything yet seems to be unanimously deemed as a foul.

Imagine how eager players would be to do it when they know there's an definitive punishment coming for their opponent
 
Not sure I agree with this, its just going to confuse matters even more and the whole thing is massively open to interpretation.
 
A blue card is to be introduced in professional football as part of sin-bin trials to be announced on Friday.

Telegraph Sport can reveal the game’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), has signed off on what would be the first new card to be used at the top end of the sport since the advent of yellow and red cards at the 1970 World Cup.

The revolutionary move will be announced by Ifab as part of sin-bin protocols that will see players removed from the field for 10 minutes if they commit a cynical foul or show dissent towards a match official.

Blue cards have been used this season during a sin-bin trial in grassroots football in Wales, with the colour chosen over the likes of orange in order to differentiate it clearly from a yellow or red card.

The new protocol announced on Friday will limit the new card to fouls that prevent a promising attack plus dissent, as well as confirming a player should be shown a red card if they receive two blue cards during a match or a combination of yellow and blue.

Top-tier competitions will be excluded from initial testing in the professional game in case the protocols require further refinement, but elite trials could still begin as soon as the summer.

That may include in the FA Cup and Women’s FA Cup, with the Football Association considering volunteering next season’s competitions for testing.

But sin-bins will not be used in this summer’s European Championship or next term’s Champions League after the president of Uefa, Aleksander Ceferin, told Telegraph Sport last month he was completely opposed to them, adding: “It’s not football anymore.”

The European governing body nevertheless could be forced to introduce them if, as expected, trials lead to them being added to the laws of the game.

Ifab, the board of which includes FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, first agreed in November to test the rugby-style measure in elite competitions such as the Premier League.

Sin-bins have worked successfully at tackling dissent for many years at grass roots and youth level and the new trials will also see them used to punish tactical fouling.

As reported by Telegraph Sport, Ifab also approved a global trial of another rugby union rule that would see only team captains allowed to speak to the match referee about a decision.

The trials have been fast-tracked amid dire warnings from Ifab’s leaders about player behaviour, of which they said: “This might be the cancer that kills football.”

Ifab’s annual business meeting decided that sin-bins were key to clamping down on this, as well as on any foul that prevents a promising attack but does not meet the threshold for a red card.

One example given during the meeting was Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shirt-pull on England’s Bukayo Saka in the final of Euro 2020, which only resulted in a yellow card.
1 word. Americanism.
 
The dark arts are a part of the game for me.

The way football is moving it’s going to become a hyper-tactical, sanitised version of what it used to be. In my opinion that’s a bad thing.
Should be for dissent only.

I'd have no issue with that.
 
They really are hell bent on destroying the once beautiful game. Step out of line and you're yellow carded. Do it again and you're off. Absolutely no need for some sort of halfway house, which is open to all sorts of abuse and will ruin the flow of the match. Bit of a flare up and suddenly you've got 10 v 9 or something stupid like that for 10 minutes. Utter nonsense.
 
I’m always a bit wary of new rules coming in and I think it will spoil the game or we don’t need to change but I’m sure fans at the time of any change might think that.

The pass back rule, allowing substitutions and the debate on number of them, bringing in red and yellow cards, playing extra time and penalties, number of points for a win etc etc all cam in and changed the game yet now we think nothing of it.

I do think discipline could be improved upon. 10 minute sun bin for yellow card in rugby works welol. Things from rugby I’d take have in football which would improve discipline is captains only people who talk to refs and the refs being mic’ed which you would hope made a difference in the language used towards the ref and it would keep the referee honest with nothing to hide if they are reffing honestly
 
What they should bring in is a rule where every injured player should go off the field for treatment ,unless obviously if its a serious head injury or leg break where the player cant move , how many times do you see players rolling around with a bit of cramp time wasting or getting injured off the park and crawling back on to the pitch to get play stopped , if the player can move then the physios must take them off the park for treatment and then hes not allowed back on for a minute ,it would stop all this time wasting with fake injuries
 
What a load of shite
Another bullshit stupid rule suggested by some suit with too much time on their hands.

Football is a simple game, it’s only been over complicated by the rule makers over recent years
 
Most teams that play us would be down to six players at a time the amount of shirt pulling that goes on. This is not workable and would be used as another bow to those officials who are against us.
 
What happens if someone gets a 10 minute sin-bin, and there is a 5 minute VAR review or their team is time wasting, does the added time get added to their sin-bin time?
 
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Don't agree with this at all. If a third card is to be introduced for me it should be for dissent. 2 of them equals a red same as yellows, but gives a bit of leeway to refs and players alike. Seen many games ruined by a frustrated player instinctively venting and taking a second yellow
 
If the card is blue the unwashed will be claiming it’s sectarian.
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So where does a yellow card become a blue card or vice versa? If dissent should currently be a yellow, do you still get a yellow? Seems there's a lot of leeway for refs to impact the game. Add in a review by VAR for "cynical fouls" and we're looking at 2 hour games.
 
While I welcome new ideas/adjustments to the game, I just can't see this working. Feels like it would break the flow of play.
 
Sounds decent enough on paper. If you commit one of those fouls you basically get your yellow and 10 mins in the bin.

However policing it opens up the old interpretation argument once again and we are probably at the stage where the game is being over-analysed as it stands right now. This would just add to that and move the game further away from the one we all know and love.
 
Football.
Exactly. And it doesn't have any this time-out nonsense, yet. What does have it, Basketball & Hockey. I know Hockey was technically Canada but its North America, so this now coming into Football is, Americanism.
I rest my case, Sir! :))
 
Exactly. And it doesn't have any this time-out nonsense, yet. What does have it, Basketball & Hockey. I know Hockey was technically Canada but its North America, so this now coming into Football is, Americanism.
I rest my case, Sir! :))
A time-out is a whole world away from a sin bin.
One is a tactical break, the other is a punishment.
Basketball was invented in Canada (or at least invented by a Canadian) just like Ice Hockey.

And this isn't "coming into football" it's already in football, just not at the highest levels.

Other than that, you make a good point. :D
 
A better rule would be an automatic yellow after 4 fouls and automatic red after 6
This is a better idea. To elaborate on it, a team only allowed say 10/12 fouls and then they need to remove a player for 10mins. Would prevent teams sharing the fouls around.
 
i can see games were we might have two or three on the naughty bench some referees will just love this strutting about the pitch like little hitlers
 
Seen this on Ladbible i think yesterday on Instagram.
No doubt it'll be dubbed part of a conspiracy & they'll be forced to change the colour to pink or some pish.
 
Does this include goalkeepers?

Team has to have a goalie, so would this be a forced substitution or an outfield player going in goals, which would be two punishments.
If a sub goalie comes on, can the first goalie come back on after 10 minutes and replace him, or do you carry on with two goalies, one outfield.?
 
Having watched how the Irish wasted time in the rugby when their man was in the bin I have reservations
Player A Sent to the bin for 10 mins. His colleague player B goes down with an injury
Clock in the bin keeps ticking. There's 3 of the 10 gone, then another one goes down, then another. Time is up and nothing has happened. Then another player is sent and off we go again
So to fix that, the sin bin clock stops until said player is back on their feet and play is restarted.

If an injury results in play being stopped for more than 30 seconds, or it requires medics to encroach on the field, this should see that player off the park for 5mins too, once the clock is restarted.

If an injury is so bad it requires treatment, it should be treated correctly.

You’ll soon weed out the play acting and time wasting when faced with your team being down to 9/8/7 men etc
 
So a blue card will be classed as the lowest punishment (10 minutes sin bin) but if there are 9 minutes left in a game then it is basically the same as a red card as that player won’t get back on but if he is booked he will get to stay on and finish the game
 
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