Fans are furious with new rule that will be 'undoubtedly' introduced by the FA

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Football has introduced key rule changes throughout its history, and not all have been as mad as Marco van Basten suggesting we remove the offside law.

The offside rule itself was actually changed in the 1920's so only two players needed to be in front of you, rather than three, and football became better.

Red and yellow cards were introduced at the 1970 World Cup after English referee Ken Aston stared at some traffic lights and thought they were the answer to a problem.

Then there was the back-pass rule in 1992 that revolutionised the game for the better.

Not all have been stellar changes, mind, as not too many people look back on Golden Goals - let alone Silver Goals - and long for their return.

And then there are the current introductions of technology - goalline tech is a win, VAR not so much.

Now the FA's head of refereeing, Neale Barry, is 'almost certain' that another big change is on its way to football.

Speaking to Sky Sports as part of their 'Support the Ref' week, Neale explained the possible introduction of sin bins.

"I think it is almost certainly something that could work," he said, "and almost certainly something that we will, as a football association, introduce in the future."

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Sins bins are currently being trialled in grassroots football where a yellow card automatically gets you a ten-minute timeout from the game.

"Last year we had 32 leagues experimenting the sin-bin phase, and it's been positive," explained Barry. "We're extending the number of leagues in the experiment next year, and then looking to extend it again in 2019/20.

"The discussion we're having is how far up the leagues do you go with the sin-bins. It's been a very, very positive start, and people understand that it can work, we just need to make sure we bring it in slowly.

"Undoubtedly, though, it will be rolled out across grassroots football in the coming years."

It's safe to say, however, that reaction to the proposed change hasn't been great.

So it might be a few years until we see it in the Premier League, but if they thought winning people over with VAR was hard, this might be something else.


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