FIFA set to introduce new 'Blue Card' in upcoming 2024/25 season

Receiving a blue and a yellow, or two blues, will result in the same punishment as two yellows players will be sent out, that is they will be shown a red card.

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New 'Blue Card' to be introduced (Source: X)

Football is set to introduce, a new card for the players. The proposals for a new blue card to be inducted from next season were made, but not all supporters agreed on the idea of implementing yet another change to refereeing rules. The Blue card, the first new card added in over 50 years, will be shown to players for cynical fouls or dissent, and they will be banished to the sin bin for ten minutes.

Receiving a Blue and a Yellow, or two Blues, will result in the same punishment as two Yellows players will be sent out, that is they will be shown a red card. The announcement generated some controversy in football, with a lot of supporters perplexed by the decision, as well as several current Premier League managers who had previously expressed their opposition to the change. 

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is set to publish their regulations on Friday, and FA sources say it may be piloted in the FA Cup — as well as other competitions like the FA Trophy and FA Vase — as early as next season if they agree with the IFAB's limitations.

Any such trials, if implemented: FIFA 

Sin-bins were trialled in 2018-19, and the Football Association reported a 38% reduction in dissent across 31 leagues. They were implemented across all levels of grassroots football beginning with the 2019-20 season to increase levels of respect and fair play.

The brief statement further said, "Any such trials, if implemented, should be limited to testing in a responsible manner at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item is discussed at the IFAB AGM on 2 March." FA chief executive Mark Bullingham previously said, "I think [there is] frustration for fans watching games when they see a promising counter-attack that's ruined by that [a tactical foul]," FA chief executive Mark Bullingham previously said. The question of whether a yellow card is sufficient for that has led to us looking at whether that should be involved in the protocol as well.

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