“Footballers should follow the example set by rugby”
Any cliché sports fan
Although the sentiment is so overused, that it has lost any salience of a point – especially when incidents such as Duncan McRae’s assault on Ronan O’Gara are becoming more and more common in rugby – the use of sin bins has long been something that football has flirted with adopting.
The English Football Association have announced that they will now trial sin bins from the beginning of next season, with players hit with 10-minute ‘time outs’. However, the FA will only be testing out the new rule in the seventh tier of football and below – Billericay Town’s, Glenn Tamplin, might have an R Kelly song for that.
A sin bin will only be used for a player who shows dissent, as the footballing world finally tries to combat the lack of respect shown towards match officials.
Back to the Roy Keane days at Manchester United, to an unnecessarily irate, Jurgen Klopp, on the Anfield touchline, the abuse referees, linesman and fourth officials receive and continue to receive, will never make the pay or lifestyle worthwhile.
The introduction of sin bins may well prove instrumental in improving the respect given towards the match officials. However, there is a concern that with 10-men on the pitch for 10 minutes, teams will just park the bus until their penalised player can return – Tony Pulis must think Christmas has come early.
Perhaps it is a step in the right direction, in regards to coming into the 21st century like so many other sports. However, football is still at a time where a player who suffers racial abuse, is fined and banned for leaving the field of play in protest.
Are the priorities of beautiful game in the right place?