WHAT IF REDCARD MEANT GOING IN GOAL?
WATCHING Aston Villa’s meek capitulation at the hands of West Ham on Tuesday night, I found myself wondering why nobody has worked out an alternative to the red card.
Jordan Ayew’s dismissal for an elbow to the face of Aaron Cresswell was patently justified. But it ruined the game as a spectacle.
An open and engaging contest suddenly became a joyless slog, with one side hanging on for dear life and another battering away like George Foreman at the ribs of Muhammad Ali. As a spectator, I want to watch a football match, not an hourlong training exercise.
Far better to have a sinbin scenario, with punishments graded from ten minutes for two soft yellows to 45 for all-out assaults, like Ayew’s. If that’s too obvious, how about making the dismissed player go in goal for 15 minutes? Every fan – home and away – would love that.
For all the clamour around replays and video technology, changing the red card rule – especially for goalkeepers – would have a much more positive impact on the game.