Top Premier League Managers Make Their Stance Clear on Proposed Sin Bins

Top Premier League Managers Make Their Stance Clear on Proposed Sin Bins

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Several Premier League managers have spoken up on the proposed sin bins
  • A number of them believe the new proposal will hurt the game
  • Introduction of blue cards will see players sent off for 10 minutes for dissent

The blue card and sin bin proposal have been met with resistance from football managers in the Premier League.

On Friday, the question of the proposed new changes to the laws of the game was brought forth in several pre-match press conferences, and the theme was the same; that the sin bin concept was detrimental to football.

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are against the Blue card concept.
Premier League managers were in agreement about the proposed sin bins in football. Photo: Jack Thomas/Justin Setterfield
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Under the new plans, players would get blue cards for dissent and tactical fouls and consequently be sent off for 10 minutes.

Football's lawmakers Ifab are keen on rolling out trials for the new system, which will be the biggest single change in managing a player’s discipline since 1970 when yellow cards and red cards were introduced.

What Premier League managers said

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou was one of the fiercest critics of the proposed new rule.

During his presser on Friday, February 9, the Australian was adamant blue cards would ‘destroy the game’ and that the solutions were already there.

"If it's not being enforced to the level people are satisfied, do that. That's the change. One team being down to 10 men for 10 minutes, you know what that is going to do to our game? It's going to destroy it,” he said, per BBC.

His sentiments were echoed by Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, who also believes sin bins are not a good idea.

"I'm not a big fan, to be honest. I think that's what yellow cards are for. I think the current system works well, it's just got to be applied right.” Howe said.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was also against it, despite the fact that he is leaving the Premier League at the end of the season.

"It doesn't sound like a fantastic idea in the first moment. But actually, I can't remember when the last fantastic idea came from these guys [Ifab] - if they ever had one," Klopp said in his press conference.

Pep Guardiola was a bit coy with his take on sin bins, refusing to give a direct comment.

But Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino openly labelled the blue card proposal a ‘bad idea’ , saying it would only make referees’ work more difficult.

“It is going to be more complicated to the referees, the players and the fans. I think, at the moment, it’s not a good idea,” the Argentine said, adding, “We will see, we give one opportunity to see how it works then can have a better opinion, but my first feeling is it’s so complicated to add another card to the game.”

What next for Blue card proposal?

As reported by EuroSport, plans for the trial of the new system were set to be released on Friday, but that has been delayed after IFAB’s talks with world governing body FIFA.

Most booked players in the Premier League

Sports Brief also reported on some of the most booked players in the Premier League, with Newcastle stars headlining the list.

Bruno Guimaraes is the most yellow-carded player after 23 games, while his namesake Bruno Fernandes has received the most bookings for dissent this campaign.

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