STOP THE CYN­I­CAL FOULS

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I would like to sug­gest a rule change to what you might call ‘pro­fes­sional yel­low cards’. We’ve all seen them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis: an at­tacker will re­ceive the ball in a dan­ger­ous po­si­tion, only to then get de­lib­er­ately taken out by an op­po­nent, to end the pos­si­bil­ity of his team-mates con­ced­ing a goal. A yel­low is too le­nient – the fact that play­ers are so reg­u­larly happy to ac­cept a yel­low card proves that. A red card is not an ap­pro­pri­ate pun­ish­ment, but some­thing half­way be­tween could be suit­able – a sin-bin or a one-game sus­pen­sion in knock­out com­pe­ti­tions, or maybe yel­low cards for that sort of of­fence should count dou­ble and lead to a ban sooner. This would pro­duce more goals and en­sure bet­ter at­tack­ing sides are re­warded. Thomas John­son, via email

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