Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta Not Fans of Proposed Sin Bin System, Pep Guardiola Refuses to Comment

Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta Not Fans of Proposed Sin Bin System, Pep Guardiola Refuses to Comment

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The International Football Association Board wants to trial a new system whereby players are sent to a 'sin bin'
  • Premier League managers like Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta are not yet sold on the idea of blue cards in football
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola refrained from providing a comment over the proposed new card system

The possible introduction of sin bins has not gone down well with some of the English Premier League’s managers.

The system, which the International Football Association Board (IFAB) wants to trial, has been scoffed at by managers, especially Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Pep Guardiola, Mikela Arteta and Jurgen Klopp have weighed in on IFAB's latest idea.
Pep Guardiola, Mikela Arteta and Jurgen Klopp have shared their thoughts on the proposed blue card and sin bin system. Image: Vince Mignott/ Michael Regan/ Justin Setterfield.
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As noted by Sky Sports, lawmakers were interested in trialling a Blue Card system, where players would be sent to a ‘Sin Bin’ for ten minutes if they were shown one. The system is currently used in rugby, but players are shown a yellow card in that case.

Jurgen Klopp criticises the proposed system

While there is no timeframe for implementing it, managers have already shot down the idea.

When asked about it, the Red’s boss said it didn’t sound like a fantastic idea, GOAL Reported.

‘I can't remember when the last fantastic idea came from these guys - if they ever had one,’ the Liverpool boss said.
“IFAB... Nope. I'm 56... Nah," he added.

Klopp wasn’t the only one in opposition to the idea, as Mikel Arteta also wasn’t keen on the idea. Speaking during a press conference, Arteta said that football wasn’t ready for something like that.

While Klopp and Arteta were quite vocal about their thoughts, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola was less so. The Spaniard did not provide an opinion when asked about the possibility of the blue card system.

IFAB propose new card system

Sports Brief earlier reported how the International Football Association Board (IFAB) wanted to trial a new system.

IFAB, which is the body in charge of adopting and passing football laws, is considering adding a new colour card to the game.

Players shown the new blue card will be sent to a sin bin, similar to the system currently used in rugby games.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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