A Blue Card to be Announced to Football

February 9, 2024

A blue card will be introduced in football as part of the sin-bin experiments, which will be unveiled on Friday.

A Blue Card to be Announced to Football

Telegraph Sport can reveal that the International Football Association Board (Ifab), the game’s governing body, has approved the first new card to be used since the introduction of yellow and red cards during the 1970 World Cup.

Ifab will announce the revolutionary move as part of sin-bin protocols, which will result in players being taken off the field for 10 minutes if they commit a cynical foul or exhibit disagreement towards a match official.

The Football Association of Wales intended to use a blue card during a sin-bin experiment in grassroots events this season, preferring the color over orange to distinguish it from a yellow or red card.

However, the FAW failed to acquire clearance for the action, and players sent to the sin bin were instead given a yellow card.

A Blue Card means Suspension | Two blues equals one red.

The new protocol, revealed on Friday, would confine the new card to fouls that impede a promising attack plus dissent, as well as clarifying that a player shall be issued a red card if they receive two blue cards during a match or a combination of yellow and blue.

Top-tier tournaments will be excluded from initial professional game testing in case methods need to be refined further, but elite trials may begin as early as the summer.

This might include the FA Cup and Women’s FA Cup, as the Football Association considers volunteering next season’s competitions for testing.

However, sin-bins will not be used in this summer’s European Championship or next season’s Champions League after Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin told Telegraph Sport last month that he was entirely opposed to them, saying, “It’s not football anymore.”

However, the European regulatory body may be forced to impose them if, as predicted, trials result in their inclusion in the game’s laws.