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Michel Platini wants change of rules


According to reports in Spain, UEFA president Michel Platini is open to introducing a sin-bin system in world football, much like they do in Rugby.

The current rule states that if a player picks up five yellow cards throughout the season, they will pick up an automatic match-ban, however, Platini wants to bring in a rule which makes them miss 10-15 minutes of the current game instead.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Frenchman said: “I would change the system of warnings. I would make it like rugby, punishing the offender with 10 or 15 minutes out of the game.

“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 is an idea. Now it needs to mature and see if it really is good for the game. It is a proposal to be explored.”

As well as that, Platini has been discussing whether or not goalkeepers should be sent off after they give away a penalty.

He said: “It seems excessive. The penalty is itself already a punishment enough.

“I think it’s something that everyone in FIFA and UEFA agree on, but one or two of the countries that make up the International Board are unwilling to change.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles


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