Football is set to experience a surprise change as reports from the Telegraph suggested that blue cards are about to be introduced to the game.
According to the British publication, the International Football Association Board has signed off on what would be the first new card to be used in the sport since the advent of yellow and red cards at the 1970 World Cup.
“The revolutionary move will be announced by Ifab as part of sin-bin protocols that will see players removed from the field for 10 minutes if they commit a cynical foul or show dissent towards a match official.
“The Football Association of Wales had planned to use a blue card during a sin-bin trial in grassroots competitions this season, with the colour chosen over the likes of orange in order to differentiate it clearly from a yellow or red card.
“But the FAW failed to obtain clearance for the move and players sent to the sin-bin have been shown a yellow card instead,” the publication said.
According to the Telegraph, the new protocol set to be announced on Friday will limit the new card to fouls that prevent a promising attack plus dissent, as well as confirming a player should be shown a red card if they receive two blue cards during a match or a combination of yellow and blue.