Mike Dean launches into blue card rant as unpopular ex-Prem referee has his say

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has launched a scathing assault on the concept for blue playing cards, insisting they will make soccer worse.

It emerged on Thursday that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) are planning to trial a sin-bin system utilizing revolutionary blue playing cards to ship gamers to the sidelines for 10 minutes for cynical fouls or dissent towards officers.

The information sparked a ferocious public backlash, with baffled followers left questioning why modifications nobody had requested for had been being applied. Speaking on Sky Sports on Saturday, Dean agreed, asserting that lawmakers had been “messing with the game too much.”

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He additionally echoed Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou’s ideas by warning that blue playing cards would power groups into momentary tactical modifications that would probably spoil matches.

“It’s making a mockery of the game, it’s just going backwards,” Dean fumed. “It’s going to slow the game down. There will be a really good game 11 vs 11, and a person gets put in the sin-bin and all they’re going to do then is defend for 10 minutes… and when the guy comes back on they’ll go back to normal.”

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Mike Dean speaking about blue cards
Mike Dean was adamant that blue playing cards had been a nasty concept for soccer

The 55-year-old argued that the present system labored completely wonderful, and that gamers getting booked, slightly than sin-binned, for cynical fouls was an acceptable punishment.

“Why do we need to bring blue cards in? I think it’s absolutely pointless,” Dean added. “I haven’t heard one manager or players who is on board with this. If there are cynical fouls the players should just be yellow carded, it’s as simple as that.”

He conceded that sin-bins may very well be an excellent a deterrent for dissent in direction of refs, however recommended that officers being braver with issuing yellow playing cards in such circumstances could be equally as efficient with out altering the dynamic of the sport.

IFAB had been able to announce plans for sin-bin trials on Friday, however an overtly destructive response from the general public pressured them into a postponement. FIFA additionally launched a hastily-written assertion after the information broke, labelling plans to introduce blue playing cards “premature”.

Mike Dean during his Premier League days
Mike Dean has refereed extra Premier League video games than anybody else

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Dean was a Premier League ref for 22 years and has officiated extra high flight matches than any else, with 521 video games beneath his belt. He retired in 2022 following a significant gaffe as VAR throughout Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham wherein he refused to ship referee Antony Taylor to the monitor regardless of the actual fact Cristian Romero pulled Marc Cucurella’s hair seconds earlier than Spurs‘ last-minute equaliser.

Startlingly, Dean would later admit he determined towards sending Taylor to the pitch-side display screen as a result of he did not need to give his “mate” any additional “grief”.