Premier League managers react to football’s new blue card ruling as Mauricio Pochettino LAUGHS at the sin-bin idea, Eddie Howe blasts it as ‘adding more confusion’ and Ange Postecoglou labels it ‘clutter’
Premier League managers have given their reaction to the news that blue cards could be tested in football from next season.
The historic addition to the referee book will be announced by the International Football Association Board on Friday and is the first new card to be added in more than 50 years.
Players who commit cynical fouls or show opposition to officials will be sent to a 10-minute sin bin in a rule similar to yellow cards shown in rugby.
Receiving a blue and a yellow, or two blues, will have the same result as two reads, and players are sent out.
Critics are already furious at the decision to introduce the controversial new ruling and Premier League managers have now had their say.
Football lawmakers are set to hear players who sin and issue blue cards at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to publish their protocols on Friday
NEWCASTLE – EDDIE HOWE – EXCLUSIVE: BAD IDEA
The Newcastle manager has given his verdict on the new proposed blue card, admitting he is not a fan of the idea, insisting it will only cause more ‘confusion’.
Howe emphasized his belief that the current red and yellow card system works well enough to require no further intervention and believes sin bins will change the game a lot ‘but not in a good way’.
Newcastle already boast two of the Premier League’s leading disciplinarians in their squad, with midfielder Bruno Guimaraes having received more yellow cards than any other player this season (9) and Anthony Gordon just one behind. Any new measure could spell further trouble for the Magpies.
Analyzing the new blue card decision, Howe said on Friday: ‘I’m not a big fan to be honest. I guess that’s what yellow cards are for. I think the current system works well, it just needs to be applied correctly.
“I think adding a blue card would just add more confusion in my opinion, so I’m against it.”
‘I think sin-bins will change the game a lot. But not in a good way because I think that would make it very bitter, more stop-start.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe believes the new blue card ruling will add ‘more confusion’ to football
Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes tops the Premier League charts for most yellow cards this season
“I fear for the players who will have to go away for 10 minutes and then find the rhythm of a Premier League game again after 10 minutes, I’m just not sure it works personally,” he added.
CHELSEA – MAURICIO POCHETTINO – EXCLUSIVE: BAD IDEA
Similar sentiments were echoed by the Chelsea manager when he explained that his current feeling is that the blue card is ‘not a good idea’ and laughed off the idea of it being introduced.
Mauricio Pochettino insisted the sin-bin decision would make things ‘more complicated’ and revealed he would reveal more about his true feelings at the launch when the cameras were ‘off’ in the press conference.
‘Hard to express how I feel about the blue card. Hard to explain. At the moment we don’t have much information about it,” he said.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino laughed off the blue card sin-bin decision
‘It’s going to create more debate. It’s going to be more complicated. Right now, my feeling right now is that it’s not a good idea, but we’ll see what happens. I don’t know what the intention is to add this blue card. But for sure, many, many.
‘It will be more complicated, because the interpretation of the referee when to apply the red, the yellow or the blue. What happens to the goalkeeper? Do you play without the goalkeeper for 10 minutes or can you change? We will see. After the cameras are off, I will continue,” Pochettino said.
TOTTENHAM – ANGE POSTECOGLOU – EXCLUSIVE: BAD IDEA
Ange Postecoglou also does not support the introduction of the blue card in football and questions the need to rush in a new element for officials to deal with.
VAR was the latest overhaul of referees and the Tottenham boss does not think football should try to take things from other sports, such as the sin bin of rugby.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou described the introduction of the blue card as ‘rubbish’
‘I struggle to understand why this urgency suddenly brings in new things. I don’t know if there is that much wrong with the game. My problem with the game at the moment is that VAR has changed football as an experience.
‘I don’t know why a different color card would make a difference. I don’t know about taking things from other sports. Other sports try to speed up their games, we bring in more junk,” he added.