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There Is An Argument For An ‘Orange Card’ To Be Introduced Into Football

Jack Kenmare

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There Is An Argument For An ‘Orange Card’ To Be Introduced Into Football

TalkSPORT presenter Simon Jordan has put forward the argument for an ‘orange card’ to be introduced into football.

Let's be clear. This isn't the first time such an idea has been suggested. Back in 2014, Jerome Champagne, a FIFA presidential candidate at the time, suggested introducing orange cards that would allow referees to send players to a sin-bin.

It was a topic that sparked huge debate. Former referee George Courtney, who officiated at two World Cups, said the introduction of orange cards would be a welcome one.

"It would have to be under the right criteria but I think the time has come to seriously consider sin-bins," Courney told BBC.

"I expect the international board would be considering them. Red-card offences should still be punished with a red card but maybe for some other offences it would work."

Another former referee, Roger Milford, claimed it would make football "too dictatorial" but eight years on, former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan believes there is still a case for a third card that sits in the middle of a yellow and red.

You can see Jordan's argument below.

He said: "I do think there's a case for a third card that goes in the middle based upon an offence, so it becomes a rated card.

"So, for example, you get booked for taking your shirt off, and then your next offence is dissent. That could become an orange card. Then that takes somebody out of the game for ten minutes.

"A red card retains the red card position, which is once you get a red card, you're out of the game full stop irrespective."

Jordan's case certainly brought plenty of reaction on social media.

One fan wrote: "Dissent cautions at grassroots level already involve a sin-bin for 10 minutes and it works really well, in my opinion."

Another said: "Playing at the top level, players should be very much aware of the rules and play with caution after a first yellow. If players get a second yellow then more fool them. I wouldn’t be giving players more room for error."

A third commented: "Just leave the game alone."

Thoughts on the 'orange card' debate? Do you think football should introduce one in the future?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A

Jack Kenmare
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