Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has spoken out against the idea of blue cards being introduced to football, which would see players spend 10 minutes in the sin bin after a new trial was approved. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will soon publish detailed protocols for the trials and reports suggest that the new ruling is expected to include blue cards.
In the trials, blue cards will give referees the ability to send players off for 10 minutes for dissent or cynical fouls. Two blue cards would result in a red card, as would a blue and a yellow card combined.
There have already been such trials in amateur and youth football in both England and Wales, with IFAB set to give the green light for an extended trial in senior levels of football at the board’s annual meeting on March 2 in Glasgow.
FIFA have already played down the suggestion that this trial will incorporate top-flight football, but the FA Cup could set the scene for the trial in what would be one of the biggest changes to football since red and yellow cards were introduced in 1970.
But Pochettino believes that “it is not a good idea” and that football will only become more “complicated” as a result of further change by IFAB.
“Difficult to express how I feel about the blue card,” Pochettino said. “Difficult to explain. At the moment, we don’t have much information about that. That is going to create more debate. It is going to be more complicated. At the moment, my feeling now is it is not a good idea but we will see what happens.”
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