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Blue Cards with 10-minute sin bins to be introduced in football?

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Football is on the verge of introducing a groundbreaking rule change with the introduction of blue cards, aimed at enforcing temporary dismissals for dissent or cynical fouls.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has announced plans to publish detailed protocols for sin-bin trials in professional football, with referees empowered to send players off for 10 minutes for specific infringements. Accumulating two blue cards or a combination of a blue and a yellow card will result in a player’s dismissal for the remainder of the match.

These trials, expected to be discussed at IFAB’s annual meeting in March, build on the success of sin bins in amateur and youth football in England and Wales.

When, or of, we will see these Blue Cards in top leagues like Premier League and Serie A, remains to be seen.

The initiative seeks to enhance player behavior and game integrity, addressing issues such as tactical fouls and dissent that have impacted the sport’s enjoyment for fans and fairness on the pitch.

Fans don’t like the Blue Cards

Critics and supporters alike are keenly observing how this significant shift could reshape football’s dynamics at both professional and grassroots levels.

We’ve already seen very harsh comments from football fans on social media though, as many of us are not even happy with the development of VAR in recent years.

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