Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams has called for sin-bins to be introduced in football. But could this actually work?
His call came after Blackburn midfielder David Dunn was sent off for a second bookable offence in their Premiership game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Replays later showed that the initial booking was extremely harsh, but when the second foul was made referee Chris Foy had no choice but to issue a second booking and send Dunn off. This effectively ended Rovers’ hopes of staging a second half comeback after going 2-0 down in the first half.
This would mean that, instead of a player being sent off and banned, he would have to sit in the dugout for a period of time, say twenty minutes. At which point he would be allowed back onto the pitch to continue with the game.
The argument is that too often referees get it wrong at the top level and can ruin the game, both in turns of the team on the receiving end of the dismissals chances of winning, and the viewing spectacle for the football fan.
Williams’ point is a fair one, why should teams have to endure such miscarriages of justice, and suffer defeat because of it. When playing away at Old Trafford, or at any of the big away grounds it is difficult enough to bring home the points. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in particular have huge amounts of home fans expecting a win, and it is easy for a referee to go along what they are shouting for. The atmosphere also making it extremely difficult for players to play in with such a small contingent of their own fans at the game (75,710 fans at the Manchester United v Blackburn game, 1,900 of them from Blackburn!)
The problem with this is that people are always asking for rule changes, yet football has existed for many years with very little change.
There are so many issues currently being lobbied for by footballing personalities and supporters such as goalline technology, bringing back salary caps, limiting the amount of foreign players and then this new debate about sin-bins. With the traditional values still held in high regard in English football, it would be very difficult to implement some of these changes.
For revolutionary ideas like these to be fully implemented the FA, who have been set in their ways for so many years, would have to have a serious rethink about their stance on keeping the traditions of English football.
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