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FA To Trial New ‘Sin Bin’ Rule In English Football Lower Leagues

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 18: Referee Nicola Rizzoli shows the yellow card during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and SS Lazio at Juventus Arena on April 18, 2015 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

The FA are set to trial ‘sin bins’ in the lower leagues in England.

The trial will be used in the Northern and Southern League Premier Divisions, the Isthmian League and the tiers below them. It could be the start of a process of running the idea in the higher leagues.

The rule which will be called ‘temporary dismissals’ rather than sin bins has been devised to tackle the issue of dissent to referees. The punishment will be a 10 minute period off the field for the guilty player.

It mirrors the successful rule used in rugby which is not only used for dissent but other forms of foul play. It represents another trial of rugby’s rules following the testing of video refereeing in some quarters of the game.

Video reffing was used as recently as March’s international friendly between France and Spain where France had a goal disallowed and an initial offside overturned. It shows some proactive means of progression within football and could be another aspect to shape the future of the sport.

Sin binning has already been trialled by UEFA in various competitions and the FA’s use could represent a significant breakthrough if it is successful.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

Hat-tip to RTÉ.

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.