The Dutch football association has introduced a 10-minute sin-bin if a player receives a yellow card, primarily to be used in youth team matches.
The rising incidents of violence in the beautiful game of football has started to mar the ethical values that the game intends to generate.
The driving force of the rule change was the tragic incident of Richard Nieuwenhuizen, an innocent linesman who died of his injuries after suffering an attack at the hands of three players in a local match in December of 2012.
If not for the Football Associations, who will take the responsibility of introducing the measures that will perhaps see these acts of violence end?
The Royal Dutch Football Association has struck first blood in order to enforce strict laws in the modern day game to cut down on violent incidents.
The Association has introduced a new law that would see a cautioned player in the game forced to sit out for the next ten minutes. Furthermore, the punished player will only be allowed to make a return to the game if he assures that his behaviour will be nothing but excellent for the remaining part of the game.
For now, the law has only been applied at the local youth levels but may at some point in the near future, will be introduced to category B amateur teams.
Speaking to the Dutch news agency Novum, the director of the Dutch amateur football leagues backed the association’s drive to introduce strict enforcements and stated that,
“After the terribly sad events on December 20, it has become quite apparent that society and the football world have to take extra steps"
The rules will come into practice in the start of the new campaign.
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