Current SPECTRE, erm, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who’s still being looked into for ethics breaches, feels the need to implement some pretty drastic changes to the game, and the English FA seem keen to help him test out a proposed rule change.
According to the BBC, over 1,000 lower-tier English clubs were contacted regarding sin bins for the 2017/18 season. Players shown a yellow in England’s step seven – six tiers below the National League – and the leagues below, would be sentenced to “temporary dismissals” and be forced to leave the field for 10 minutes. If you’re a hockey fan then you know all about the sin bin, but a penalty in hockey only calls for 2 minutes in the bin. Over the course of a 60 minute game it has to be said that a 2 minute penalty is far less severe than what the FA are implementing.
Going a man down for over 10 percent of the game is mental from a footballing perspective, so it will be very interesting to see how this plays out, albeit in the lower leagues.
“There has already been a positive response with over 60 leagues in support of it,” an FA spokesperson said. And they’re not exactly wrong. Even the German DFL seems to be cool with Van Basten’s idea, so this could actually happen some day in top flights.
Yet more evidence that modern football isn’t what it’s cracked up to be… or is it?