Radical new proposals that could see the introduction of sin bins to football matches moved a step closer yesterday at the Football League’s annual meeting in Chester.
A motion was tabled for the introduction of sin bins, as already used in other sports. While the idea was not actually accepted, it was agreed that supporters of the 72 Football League clubs will have the opportunity – via their clubs – to have their views heard in regard to the subject. If supporters favour the use of sin bins, then the Football League will present their proposals to the International Football Association Board with the intention of a trial scheme before making the law change.
There has been further modification to the original proposal that a first offence would receive a yellow card. A second offence would see a player spend time in the sin bin while a red card would punish his third offence. Several options now exist as to how the sin bin rule would operate:
- Option A) Caution = yellow card and sin bin. A further caution = red card.
- Option B) Caution = yellow card and sin bin. Further cautions = additional yellow cards and sin bins. Red card used only as ultimate sanction.
- Option C) Caution = yellow card. Second caution = sin bin. Third caution = red card
Most supporters in the lower divisions would agree that the standard of referring is shocking. Many errors are made throughout a game that result in an innocent team losing points, which possibly affects promotion and relegation issues. The introduction of sin bins would partially help combat this injustice, although the diving for penalties and the wrongful allowing/disallowing of goals would not be prevented.
A player who has been wrongly found guilty of a foul would no longer be punished further by an unjust sending-off. Instead, he would be sent to the sin bin to serve a time penalty, thereby meaning that only a period of the game would be played without the innocent player. The other side of the argument is that a player would be allowed to “cheat” more often before he faces the prospect of a dismissal.
Clubs will gather the views of their supporters in the very near future.