You can always trust The FA and other football authorities to come up with some worthless idea, whilst ignoring very real problems that need solving.
Basically, refusing to tackle real issues and coming up with other stuff to justify their existence and pay/expenses.
BBC Sport report that the latest nonsensical idea is that The FA have now introduced ‘sin bins’.
These will be trialled next (2017/18) season in the lower leagues of English football – at step seven and below.
The FA will have ‘temporary dismissals’, with players sent off the pitch for 10 minutes.
However, this will only apply to players who are given a yellow card for dissent.
This just seems a pointless trial, with 10 minutes neither here nor there when playing with 10 men in the middle of a match and all you will have is the weakened team wasting time as much as possible until their player is back on the pitch. This is exactly what happens now when a player is getting treatment off the pitch and one side is temporarily missing a man.
The last thing football needs is more stoppages and no doubt the offending player won’t hurry off the pitch when sent off for 10 minutes, plus what happens to somebody sent off temporarily in the final seconds – does his 10 minutes carry over?
I’m all for the authorities introducing more powers to discipline players and stop them embarrassing themselves like so many do now…which leads me on to what is a real problem that needs sorting ASAP.
Sunday saw two games that could end up being pivotal to both which clubs end up in the Champions League AND in deciding who is relegated to the Championship.
Manchester United were struggling against Swansea until Rashford blatantly cheated to win a penalty, Rooney put Man Utd in the lead and the match eventually ended 1-1.
Manchester City were also struggling and a goal down at Middlesbrough, only for City’s Sane to do the same as Rashford, a blatant piece of cheating to get a penalty, City scored to equalise – their match also ending up as a draw (2-2).
When I say the two examples of cheating were blatant, well they were to every single person watching the games on TV but not the three match officials.
On Match of The Day 2, all the pundits were shaking their heads and saying that this situation can’t continue, with no video ref allowed, it encourages cheats like Rashford and Sane.
I still think under the present rules players doing that kind of thing should retrospectively get 10 match bans, as a yellow card is a laughable/no deterrent if the referee does catch them at it, not when weighed against potentially meaning the difference between your team qualifying for the Champions League or not, or staying up v relegated.
Fair enough you couldn’t have video refs in every league but at the top it should be a no-brainer.
They already have a fourth official at every Premier League game so why not have him watching on a screen and alerting the referee to any major issue that needs a helping hand, rather than them seemingly only there to tell the two managers off when they take a step out of their technical area?
At the minute you have a ridiculous scenario, whereby one team can score a goal at one end of the pitch and thanks to the introduction of goal-line technology that goal is given, only for then the opposition to go up the other end and score a perfectly good goal that is then disallowed for offside because a linesman blunders and doesn’t see a player who is playing the goalscorer onside by 10 yards.
Change will happen because there is surely no alternative.
However, sadly it will only happen when one of the influential clubs gets a massive decision going against them that directly impacts on their fortunes – whether it is winning/losing a league or indeed qualifying for the Champions League.
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