Author: Keith Hackett
During my time in office at the PGMOL, the League Managers’ Association at our Technical Meetings were keen for the introduction of a sin bin into our game.
Given that the use of a sin bin is on the upcoming IFAB Agenda, I would welcome your input to a paper I will produce in January.
Can you please let me have your views on the following:
– What offences would you consider appropriate for a player to be sent to the sin bin?
– Given the following sanctions currently operating in our game which do you consider the sin bin will replace?
– Current cautionable offences (Yellow Card)
· Unsporting behaviour
· Dissent by word or action
· Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
· Delaying the restart of play
· Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free-kick or throw-in
· Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
· Deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission
– Current send-off offences (Red Card)
· Serious Foul play
· Violent Conduct
· Spitting at an opponent or any other person
· Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
· Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free-kick or a penalty kick.
· Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
· Receiving a second caution in the same match
– What other offence might you consider sending a player to the sin bin?
– Can a player be sent to the sin bin for a second time?
– How long do you consider a player having been sent to the sin bin should remain there – 5, 10, 15 minutes?
– Who do you think will manage the sin bin occupants and the appropriate timing of occupancy, which I assume starts once he has left the field of play?
– Where do you consider the sin bins should be sited?
– Can the player occupying the sin bins receive coaching/medical attention?
– Can anyone other that the player occupying the sin bin enter?
– Do you have two separate sin bins? What do you think they look like, given that if close to spectators they may incite unacceptable behavior from fans?
– Will occupying the sin bin run the risk of injury to the player – can he use some of the time in the sin bin to warm-up?
– Any other observations?
I welcome your thoughts – tweet us at @youaretheref!