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Change in sin bin rule

Pravin Narain
Monday, June 19, 2017

FOOTBALL fans could see a change in the rule on the players who commit foul play as they could be sent of (sin-bin) in a match.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said this would give an opportunity for teams to play together and be careful not to lose a player for discipline reasons.

"The football rules keep changing and there are heaps of changes which had come from FIFA and IFAB (International Football Association Board) and we will start implementing them as we go along. There are about 93 changes to the rules and the major one is the yellow card for players where they would be sin-binned and we are awaiting for the approval from the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) so we can start implementing those rules," he said.

"The player who gets the yellow card would be out of the match for 15 minutes.

"It would encourage teams to be careful not to lose a player for discipline reasons. For the serious foul the rule remains the same. If the player after coming back from being sin-binned gets another yellow card then he goes off."

At present, if a player gets a yellow card then he continues to play in the match and if he gets his second booking in the match then he is sent off the field of play by the referee.

"It is very interesting and I think it is being tried out in Asian countries and they are saying it is working well," he added.

"OFC is yet to give us the green light to implement these rules. It is good for football and the fans since they pay money to go in and watch football and they do not want to see a match where two or three players are red carded.

"This will allow the teams to have equal number of players on the field unless something drastic happens."

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