The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

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!

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