Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the sin bin proposal does not “sound like a fantastic idea in the first moment” (Peter Byrne/PA)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes a proposal to introduce blue cards and sin bins to football does not “sound like a fantastic idea” initially.
The PA news agency understands that blue cards will be shown to players sin-binned in new trials to try and improve participant behaviour.
It is understood that the initial trial phase will not feature top-level competitions to avoid players being in events with different rules concurrently.
PA understands that plans to publish details of these trials have been delayed until next month, but Klopp believes a blue card could present “more opportunities to fail”.
He told a press conference: “I think everything what the actual situation shows is we should keep it as simple as somehow possible, for the referees as well.
Klopp believes blue cards could “give more opportunities to fail” (John Walton/PA)
“It’s a difficult job, often quite emotional when we speak about it more so because it’s after the game, and I think the introduction of a blue card would just give more opportunities to fail as well because the discussion will be: ‘It was a blue card, should it have been a yellow card, now it’s 10 minutes off, in the good old times it would have been a red card or only a yellow’.
“These kind of things just make it more complicated. If they want to test it I have no problem with testing if that’s the first step to agreeing or it already being sure it will happen – I don’t know that.
“It doesn’t sound like a fantastic idea in the first moment but actually I can’t remember the last fantastic idea (which) came from these guys, if they ever had one. IRead on belfasttelegraph.co.uk