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Sin bins could soon be introduced to beautiful game

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Temporary dismissals of players for offences such as dissent and tactical fouls were backed by the International Football Association Board at their annual business meeting in London on Tuesday.

Referee Simon Hooper shows a yellow card to Manchester United’s Argentinian defender Lisandro Martinez during the English Premier League football match. Picture: Lindsey Parnaby, AFP

Football’s lawmakers have recommended the trialling of sin bins in the professional game as part of a groundbreaking bid to clamp down on player misbehaviour.

Temporary dismissals of players for offences such as dissent and tactical fouls were backed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at their annual business meeting in London on Tuesday.

Sin bins were introduced at grassroots level in England in 2019 in an attempt to improve levels of respect and fair play. IFAB board members also supported a proposed trial that would mean only the team captain could approach the referee in certain game situations.

Proposals will be considered at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Glasgow in March.

IFAB board member Mark Bullingham, the chief executive of the English Football Association, said: “When we were looking at sin bins – protocol clearly has to be developed – the areas we were looking at were dissent, where it’s worked very well in the grassroots game in England.

“We’ve also spoken about other areas, particularly tactical fouls.

“I think frustration for fans watching games when they see a promising counter-attack that’s ruined by that and the question of whether a yellow card is sufficient for that has led to us looking at whether that should be involved in the protocol as well.”

AFP

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