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Blue cards: Idea set to be scrapped, but sin-bin trials likely to be approved by football's lawmakers

By BBC
Football News The plans suggested players would get blue cards for dissent and tactical fouls, and spend 10 minutes off the pitch.
MAR 2, 2024 LISTEN
The plans suggested players would get blue cards for dissent and tactical fouls, and spend 10 minutes off the pitch.

Football's rule-makers are set to approve sin-bin trials - but an idea to use blue cards is likely to be ditched.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) will discuss the plans at its annual general meeting at Loch Lomond on Saturday.

Senior figures within the game were taken aback by the proposals of a blue card when it emerged last month.

A planned public announcement was scrapped and there has since been significant opposition.

World governing body Fifa said, "reports of the so-called 'blue card' at elite levels of football are incorrect and premature".

Caution was also expressed at which levels of the game the sin-bin trials might be applied.

Further discussion on the subject will take place at the meeting, although debate is more likely to centre around whether sin-bins should just be issued for dissent and not cynical fouls, which had been thought likely.

The Premier League has already distanced itself from any sin-bin trials with numerous managers, including Tottenham's Ange Postecoglou saying they were a terrible idea.

BBC Sport has been told the intention is to introduce them at much lower levels, although this will also be clarified at the AGM.

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