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Plans to introduce a blue card test in football have reportedly been left “in doubt” following a notable backlash against the proposals.
Football fans and pundits were baffled by Thursday’s news that the new card would be tested on sin-bin players guilty of minor offenses for ten minutes, with angry supporters claiming the new rule change would ruin the game.
And now the proposals from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have taken a backseat due to growing opposition to the idea, including from some of football’s biggest decision-makers, according to the Telegraph.
Mail Sport reported this week how supporters had been outraged by the idea, with some saying the game was “over”, while pundits such as Paul Merson claimed it would make football “boring”.
Proposals to introduce a blue card test in football have been thrown into doubt after a huge backlash from fans and experts.
The blue card will be limited to fouls that prevent a promising attack, as well as confirming that a red card must be shown if they receive two blues or a combination of blue and yellow.
Greater division over the concept was also seen at UEFA, with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin stating that he would not allow a trial in the European Championship, Champions League, Europa League or Conference League.
An announcement had been planned for Friday, but the trial appears to be in serious doubt: the future of blue cards will be debated at the next IFAB annual general meeting next month, the report continues.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou, Everton’s Sean Dyche and Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson are among Premier League managers who have previously expressed their opposition to “blue cards”.
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It comes amid growing concern from fans and coaches around technology in the game, with a series of mix-ups and VAR errors seen in the Premier League this season that have angered coaches.
Premier League boss Tony Scholes admitted yesterday that the technology still needs fixing five years after its introduction.
With the idea of blue cards sparking a huge discussion within the football community this week, former Arsenal star Merson was one of the biggest vocal opponents.
He told Sky Sports: “You’d have 10 players sitting behind the ball all the time, it would be the most boring football ever.” It’s an absolute waste of time, a waste of time.
Blue cards have been used this season during a no-bin trial in grassroots football in Wales, with the color chosen to clearly differentiate them from a yellow or red card.
The introduction of new cards has already occurred on a smaller scale on the continent: Portugal recently adopted a new measure to recognize good sportsmanship.
The idea of blue cards has had some positive reception.
FIFA referee chief Pierluigi Collina backed the idea of sin bins, saying: “The idea is to start working on this as soon as possible to provide those who would participate in the trial with a protocol to use.” The idea is to get it soon.
‘The test was very successful in grassroots competitions. “Now we are talking about a higher level, most likely professional football or even high professional level.”
Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham confirmed his interest in using skip bins in November.
“When we were looking at the sin bins (clearly the protocol needs to be developed), the areas we were looking at were dissent, something that has worked very, very well in grassroots football in England,” he said.
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