In a significant shift in the landscape of professional football, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is set to introduce a blue card as part of sin-bin trials. This groundbreaking measure, approved by IFAB, aims to address dissent towards officials and cynical fouls during matches.
According to reports from The Telegraph, players exhibiting dissent or committing cynical fouls will be shown a blue card and sent to the sin-bin for a period of ten minutes. The trials, expected to commence this summer, may not initially include top-tier competitions, but the Football Association (FA) is contemplating volunteering the FA Cup and Women’s FA Cup for further testing in the upcoming season.
The blue card will specifically be employed when a player disrupts a dangerous attack or engages in dissent. Accumulating two blue cards in a match or a combination of a blue card and a yellow card will result in a sending off.
IFAB referred to an incident during the Euro 2020 final, where Giorgio Chiellini’s foul on Bukayo Saka would have led to a ten-minute sin-bin under the proposed measures. Successful trials in amateur and youth football in England and Wales have paved the way for the introduction of blue cards in the senior game.
Notably, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin clarified that sin-bins will not be introduced in the European Championship this summer or the following season’s Champions League, asserting, “It’s not football anymore.”
In a parallel development, Portugal has implemented a white card, introduced by the National Plan for Ethics in Sport, aiming to promote fair play.
While the blue card initiative awaits further trials and potential integration into top-tier competitions, it signifies a bold step towards ensuring player conduct and fair play within the sport.
Source: The Nation Online
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