Nathan Ake
Should a sin bin be introduced into football? How would it work?

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.

Read more: Hackett’s blog – the sin bin debate

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!