THE DAILY SPORTS DEBATE: Should the authorities clamp down on footballers

This Is Lancashire: Michel Platini Michel Platini

European football chief Michel Platini has called for yellow cards to be replaced by a sin-bin.

The Frenchman wants to see the game follow in the footsteps of both codes of rugby and believes a sin-bin would be a fairer punishment because “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”.

It’s a rare good idea from the former France international.

And he should go beyond that and call for instant red cards for players who swear at referees – and yellows for those caught spitting on the field.

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8:02am Fri 6 Dec 13

A Darener says...

I have advocated a sin bin for years. A much better idea than a ban. Instant justice meted out in the game where the transgression happened. Not punishing the team in the future by a ban on the player. Plus the humiliation of being sent to the sin bin can be seen by all. The only downside may be that a player would deliberately foul an opponent knowing he would only be punished for a short time. But the ref could decide it was deliberate and send the player off as now.
I have advocated a sin bin for years. A much better idea than a ban. Instant justice meted out in the game where the transgression happened. Not punishing the team in the future by a ban on the player. Plus the humiliation of being sent to the sin bin can be seen by all. The only downside may be that a player would deliberately foul an opponent knowing he would only be punished for a short time. But the ref could decide it was deliberate and send the player off as now. A Darener

8:10am Fri 6 Dec 13

greenscreener says...

There is some reasonable logic in the Sin Bin idea but there needs to be some restructuring and much clearer guidelines regarding offences. Yellows are currently covering trivia like shirt removing, time wasting and deliberate handball in a non threatening situation through to some serious fouls that could warrant some cooling off time.
There is some reasonable logic in the Sin Bin idea but there needs to be some restructuring and much clearer guidelines regarding offences. Yellows are currently covering trivia like shirt removing, time wasting and deliberate handball in a non threatening situation through to some serious fouls that could warrant some cooling off time. greenscreener

8:39am Fri 6 Dec 13

BigOrra says...

Good idea. The period of time could be longer for more serious infringements and time spent in the sin bin could accumulate and result in a ban when a set number of minutes is reached
Good idea. The period of time could be longer for more serious infringements and time spent in the sin bin could accumulate and result in a ban when a set number of minutes is reached BigOrra

10:03am Fri 6 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

New rules all round.
Deliberate handball to stop a certain goal like suarez in the world cup, no penalty, no sending off, just give a goal then there is no point handballing it in the first place.
New rules all round. Deliberate handball to stop a certain goal like suarez in the world cup, no penalty, no sending off, just give a goal then there is no point handballing it in the first place. FakeVilla_MTCabinet

10:38am Fri 6 Dec 13

owd nick says...

I would advocate a sin bin anytime for certain situations but the yellow card has to stand because a second one is an automatic red.

The sin bin should be situated well away from the dugout, on the opposite side of the pitch perhaps? So that the offending player can't get any treatment, food, water or instruction from his manager and coaches.
I would advocate a sin bin anytime for certain situations but the yellow card has to stand because a second one is an automatic red. The sin bin should be situated well away from the dugout, on the opposite side of the pitch perhaps? So that the offending player can't get any treatment, food, water or instruction from his manager and coaches. owd nick

12:29pm Fri 6 Dec 13

vicn1956 says...

Can somebody clamp down on platini?
Can somebody clamp down on platini? vicn1956

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