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Football's new blue cards set to redefine player conduct

IFAB's innovative approach to curb cynical fouls and referee misbehavior marks a paradigm shift in football regulations

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In a groundbreaking development reported by the English Telegraph, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is poised to introduce blue cards on Friday (9/2), marking a potential revolution in the sport's regulations. The blue cards will be deployed when players commit cynical fouls, which is a foul committed with a deliberate and unsportsmanlike intent, or display misconduct towards referees.

The consequence of receiving a blue card will be a temporary ten-minute suspension for the player. A second instance of a player receiving this new card will lead to a normal red card, resulting in expulsion for the remainder of the match. The same repercussions will apply if, following the issuance of a blue card, the player also accumulates a yellow card.

This innovative approach is set to undergo initial trials at lower levels, following its successful introduction in the Welsh "minor" leagues. The potential change signifies a significant step towards fostering fair play and discipline within the realm of football.

[Information from 24Sports]

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