LET’S HAVE RUGBY-STYLE SIN-BINS IN FOOTBALL
I HAVE long believed our yellow card system is crazy, in that cards add up to create a future suspension. So, for instance, a card gained by stopping a Man City player from scoring might result in a suspension from a game against Arsenal, or vice-versa.
When watching international rugby last weekend, I thought how intelligent it was for a yellow card to lead to a ten-minute slot in the sin-bin. So, if I delay a restart by kicking a ball away, I get sent to a sin-bin for ten minutes there and then. If I pull down the winger who has just beaten me with a trick, my team suffers with one man down for a period.
The offence creates a disadvantage for a player’s team in the game in question. It has to be a sensible step forwards.
Can you imagine a goalkeeper wasting time with five minutes to play under those circumstances? No chance! Would that improve the game? For sure!