Managers of Premier League clubs respond to new blue card ruling: Mauricio Pochettino finds sin-bin idea amusing, Eddie Howe criticizes it as ‘confusing’, Ange Postecoglou dismisses it as ‘clutter’

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Premier League managers have been giving their reactions to the news that blue cards will be trialled in football starting from next season.

The historic addition to the referees’ book is set to be announced on Friday by the International Football Association Board and is the first new card added in over 50 years.

Players committing cynical fouls or showing dissent to officials will be sent to a 10-minute sin-bin in a rule similar to yellow cards being shown in rugby.

Receiving a blue and a yellow, or two blues, will have the same result as two yellows, and see players sent off.

Critics have already fumed over the decision to introduce the new controversial ruling and Premier League managers have now had their say.

Football lawmakers are to trial sin-binning players and issuing blue cards with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) due to publish their protocols on Friday

 

NEWCASTLE – EDDIE HOWE – VERDICT: BAD IDEA

The Newcastle manager has been giving his verdict on the new proposed blue card and admitted he isn’t a fan of the idea, insisting it will just cause more ‘confusion’.

Howe stressed his belief that the current red and yellow card system works well enough to not require any further intervention and believes sin-bins would change the game a lot ‘but not in a good way’.

Newcastle already boast two of the Premier League’s top disciplinarians in their team with midfielder Bruno Guimaraes being shown 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.

Analysing the new blue card ruling, Howe said on Friday: ‘I’m not a big fan, to be honest. I think that’s what yellow cards are for. I think the current system works well, it’s just got to be applied right. 

‘I think adding a blue card would just add more confusion, in my opinion, so I’m against it.’

‘I think sin-bins would change the game a lot. But not in a good way, because I think it will make it very bitty, more stop-start. 

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe believes the new blue card ruling will add 'more confusion' in football

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe believes the new blue card ruling will add ‘more confusion’ in football

Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes tops the Premier League's charts for the most yellow cards this season

Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes tops the Premier League’s charts for the most yellow cards this season

‘I fear for the players who would have to go off for 10 minutes and then re-find the rhythm of a Premier League game after 10 minutes out, I’m just not sure it works, personally,’ he added.

 

CHELSEA – MAURICIO POCHETTINO – VERDICT: BAD IDEA

Similar sentiments were echoed by the Chelsea manager as he explained that his current feeling is that the blue card ‘is not a good idea’ and laughed at the idea of it being introduced.

Mauricio Pochettino insisted the sin-bin ruling would make things ‘more complicated’ and revealed he would give more about his true feelings on its introduction when the cameras in the press conference ‘are off.’

 ‘Difficult to express how I feel about the blue card. Difficult to explain. At the moment, we don’t have much information about that,’ he said.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino laughed at the sin-bin ruling of the blue card

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino laughed at the sin-bin ruling of the blue card

‘That is going to create more debate. It is going to be more complicated. At the moment, my feeling now is it is not a good idea but we will see what happens. I don’t know the intention to add this blue card. But for sure, a lot, a lot. 

‘It’s going to be more complicated because the interpretation of the referee when to apply the red, the yellow or the blue. What happens with the goalkeeper? Do you play without the goalkeeper for 10 minutes or can you change? We will see. After when the cameras are off, I will continue,’ said Pochettino.

 

TOTTENHAM – ANGE POSTECOGLOU – VERDICT: BAD IDEA

Ange Postecoglou is also not in support of the blue card being introduced to football and questioned the need to rush in a new element for officials to deal with.

VAR was the latest overhaul of refereeing and the Tottenham boss doesn’t think football should be trying to take things from other sports such as the sin-bin from rugby. 

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou described the introduction of the blue card as 'clutter'

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou described the introduction of the blue card as ‘clutter’

‘I struggle to understand why this urgency suddenly to bring in new things. I don’t know if there’s that much wrong with the game. My issue with the game right now is that VAR has changed football as an experience. 

‘I don’t know why a different colour card is going to make a difference. I don’t know about this taking things from other sports. Other sports are trying to make their games faster, we’re bringing in more clutter,’ he added.

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