GRAEME SOUNESS: Why blue playing cards are GOOD

  • Plans have been launched this week to trial the introduction of blue playing cards in soccer 
  • The proposals from lawmakers IFAB have since left followers and pundits baffled 
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The proposed introduction of ‘blue cards’ in soccer has prompted a stir this week, however I imagine there’s a place for them within the sport, if used appropriately.

By that, I imply we must always not often must see them and, moderately, they’d be used as a deterrent.

If used one other approach there’s a hazard they may burden referees – and we’ll come to that – however I actually really feel there’s scope for them to assist officers, if the thought is given cautious thought.

I’ve three offences for which the specter of a blue card and 10 minutes in a sin-bin would work completely.

Firstly, what’s the one factor the person on the road hates most in regards to the fashionable sport? It’s simulation, diving, attempting to con the referee and cheat your opponents by making an attempt to purchase penalties, fouls and playing cards.

Plans were released this week about the potential to trial the use of blue cards in football

Plans have been launched this week in regards to the potential to trial the usage of blue playing cards in soccer 

Referees would have the power to send players to the sin-bin if they commit a cynical foul ¿ such as killing a counter-attack ¿ or show dissent towards match officials

Referees would have the ability to ship gamers to the sin-bin in the event that they commit a cynical foul — akin to killing a counter-attack — or present dissent in direction of match officers 

Mail Sport columnist Graeme Souness believes there is a place for them, if used correctly

Mail Sport columnist Graeme Souness believes there’s a place for them, if used appropriately

If a participant is responsible of this, off you go. Go and sit on the touchline for 10 minutes and nurse that critical damage you don’t have. Overnight, this could take away such simulation. I assure, the primary weekend it was launched, gamers would cease doing it. Right away, that makes for a greater sport.

Secondly, and that is an extension of the above, gamers attempting to get opponents booked by exhibiting an imaginary card. Do that and also you’re heading straight for the touchline your self.

Lastly, being overly aggressive to a referee, be that verbally or by bodily getting of their face. It is a giant ask for a referee to point out a participant a purple card for dissent. But given the choice of a sin-bin, certainly it could instantly enhance the respect proven in direction of officers?

If the Premier League, the most-watched league on the planet, can set a greater instance and get its home so as on this respect, you’d hope it could filter right down to the Sunday leagues, the place a few of the outrageous behaviour has included bodily assaults on officers.


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There you’ve gotten it, three easy offences that aren’t subjective and mustn’t want VAR to intervene. Maybe on diving, sometimes, however referees are good at recognizing this and the punishment is a yellow card. That has not been sufficient to get rid of it from the sport however a blue card, I really feel, would obtain this.

I’ve to confess, I used to be as dangerous as anybody for getting after referees and attempting to affect them. But I actually wouldn’t if I knew it might price me and my crew. Can you think about what a supervisor goes to say when you’re sat beside him for 10 minutes for letting your mouth go? They used to say this once I performed – when you’re going to get booked, make sure that it’s a sort out, not for mouthing off.

As for the argument that gamers could possibly be liable to damage if coming off after which going again on, I’d say two issues. Firstly, don’t get your self within the sin-bin within the first place. Secondly, golf equipment nowadays have extra medical workers than gamers – certainly a type of might maintain a man warmed up for 10 minutes.

My worry with the blue-card proposal is that it’s used another way and could possibly be utilized to all method of offences. Do that and it’s a recipe for catastrophe. Imagine referees having to grade a sort out between yellow, blue and purple? It could be very subjective and the officers are already getting a lot mistaken. This would place much more scrutiny on them and would make the sport much less of a spectacle, most likely with further delays and controversy. We don’t have to put referees underneath any extra strain.

This, wanting on the larger image, is the failing of VAR. It was launched to make life simpler for referees and, we have been informed, would result in fewer errors. What VAR has performed is embarrass our referees as a result of it exhibits they don’t perceive the finer factors of the sport.

If a player was sin-binned for aggressive behaviour, it would improve respect towards officials

If a participant was sin-binned for aggressive behaviour, it could enhance respect in direction of officers 

I have to admit, I was as bad as anyone for getting after referees and trying to influence them. But I certainly wouldn¿t if I knew it could cost me and my team for a 10-minute period

I’ve to confess, I used to be as dangerous as anybody for getting after referees and attempting to affect them. But I actually wouldn’t if I knew it might price me and my crew for a 10-minute interval 

And why ought to they? They know the principles, sure, however they’ve by no means performed the sport. They aren’t excellent at understanding intent or no intent. Likewise, understanding who the aggressor is when two gamers come collectively. There are massive components of the sport they only don’t get, and VAR is shining a lightweight on that.

This is why I advocate for ex-players to be concerned. There are gamers who would need to do it, when you paid them correctly. They would sit with the VAR and assist give them a distinct perspective. There is a spot for the expertise, it’s the human factor we have to work on.

The use of blue playing cards, then, must be simplified and made simple, not add to the confusion. Make them a device to empower referees and they won’t be the worst thought in any case.

Neville should again up Italian doping claims 

I hope Gary Neville can again up his claims that Italian groups have been doping after they performed in opposition to Manchester United. It’s a good previous accusation to make and also you’d wish to assume he had proof.

Does this now imply that as a result of English golf equipment are excellent on the European stage that different nations will assume we’re doping our gamers? I don’t assume so.

I performed in Italy for 2 years with Sampdoria and by no means witnessed any doping and even heard any rumours about it. They enhanced their efficiency by being higher than others at preparation and recuperation.

They have been approach forward of us by way of what meals you place in your physique and at what instances. I learnt a lot in my time there on this topic and got here again higher for it.

They additionally minimize out alcohol and have been huge on issues like stretching. You add all of that to what have been already the most effective footballers on the planet and it’s no marvel Italian golf equipment constantly carried out so effectively on the continent.

I hope Gary Neville can back up his claims that Italian teams were doping when they played against Manchester United. It¿s a fair old accusation to make and you'd hope he has evidence

I hope Gary Neville can again up his claims that Italian groups have been doping after they performed in opposition to Manchester United. It’s a good previous accusation to make and also you’d hope he has proof

What does FC Seoul transfer say about Lingard? 

Jesse Lingard will discover himself sitting in his resort room in South Korea and marvel, ‘What am I doing here?’.

He signed FC Seoul this week and that tells you he didn’t have any main gives in England or Europe. He will now be taking part in in part of the world the place gamers are determined to come back and play in our league. Lingard has gone in the other way – what does that say about him?

He was somebody who confirmed nice promise in his early days at Manchester United however acquired sidetracked by listening to the mistaken individuals and his profession has stalled. He took his eye off the ball and misplaced focus. He was at one of many biggest soccer golf equipment on the planet and it doesn’t get any higher than that for a younger man.

Lingard remains to be solely 31 nevertheless it seems to be like his days on the high at the moment are over. He could have loads of time to contemplate that thought within the coming months.

Jesse Lingard showed great promise, but he took his eye off the ball and is now at FC Seoul

Jesse Lingard confirmed nice promise, however he took his eye off the ball and is now at FC Seoul 

Arsenal celebrations have been a praise to Liverpool 

It is a praise to Liverpool that Arsenal celebrated the way in which they did following their 3-1 win on Sunday.

It was a must-win sport for them and the scenes on the finish have been a mix of aid, how effectively they performed and the Liverpool issue. I don’t begrudge them the celebrations. That’s how necessary it was for Arsenal – it has left three groups within the title race as a substitute of two.

The celebrations at Arsenal last Sunday should be taken as a compliment by Liverpool

The celebrations at Arsenal final Sunday needs to be taken as a praise by Liverpool

As for Liverpool, they’ve misplaced twice all season, this stuff occur. It’s a bump within the highway. They are nonetheless so harmful as a result of they don’t must play effectively to win. Whoever finishes forward of them, if anybody, will win the league.