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UEFA President Michel Platini wants sin bins for yellow cards


UEFA President Michel Platini wants to replace yellow cards with a sin bin instead, much like those used in sports such as rugby.

Speaking with Spanish sports daily newspaper AS, Platini said: "I would make it like rugby, punishing the offender with 10 or 15 minutes out of the game. It is an idea. Now it needs to mature and see if it really is good for the game. It is a proposal to be explored.

"That way, the benefit goes to the team he is playing against, in the same match, instead of a sanction by cards which is carried out against a third team, the next on the calendar".

The current system has the card system in place, with a player being sent from the field for a straight red card or two yellows in the same match. A straight red incurs a minimum three match ban, whilst two yellows is only a one match ban.

An accumulation of yellow cards over a number of games can also lead to a ban, with five yellows the number needed. Platini believes that this is why sin bins should be introduced, as they would affect the game that the incident occurred in, rather than a retrospective punishment that would benefit a different opponent. 

Amongst other things Platini discussed were the idea of allowing national cup champions to take part in the Champions League. as well as not sending off goalkeepers who concede a penalty.

"It seems excessive," he said. "The penalty is itself already is punishment enough."

"I think it's something that everyone in Fifa and Uefa agree, but one or two of the countries that make up the International Board are unwilling to change."


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