This week, UEFA boss Michel Platini has called for a sin bin to be put into place in football games.
The idea is that this would replace yellow cards; players 'sin binned' for fouls or unsporting behaviours would spend 10 or 15 minutes out of the game, unable to play.
Sin bins are most commonly used in rugby, so that players committing serious fouls would lose their ability to influence a game for the time following the incident.
In football though, would this work? It would certainly disrupt a game, similarly to when a player is sent off, following a red card.
Would this influence the referees' decisions? Would the referees find themselves thinking, was that bad enough for a sin bin? Whereas now, they give the yellow card warning and any further incidents may lead to a second yellow card and a red card.
There doesn't seem to be a problem with the system as it is currently, there is no real need for a sin bin in football. It would just add to the games disruptions.
Imagine a player waiting to return to the field after a sin bin offence and having to wait up to five minutes at a time for a break in play? Surely the rules would not be changed allowing a player to return immediately to the field?
Therefore if it isn't broke UEFA, please don't try and fix it.
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