The revolution is underway in Ligue 1. French football could be a forerunner on the implementation of white cards after the recommendations of the International Football Association Board (IAB) on temporary 10-minute expulsions. Eric Borghini, the chairman of the Federal Commission of Referees, said he was in favour of the proposal.
"Rather than giving a permanent dismissal, especially at the beginning of a match, which throws an entire team off balance, the temporary exclusion for certain types of fouls makes sense for the show and for football," he told L'Équipe.
The IFAB, the guardian of the laws of the game, recommended that temporary bans be tested in professional football on Tuesday at its annual meeting in London. An initiative aimed at punishing the various misconduct of players (disputes, tactical fouls, etc.) similar to that practiced in the world of rugby where yellow cards were introduced in 1999.
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In 2017, the International Football Association Board (IAB) approved the implementation of temporary bans in order to ease tensions on the pitch and improve fair play in the amateur, youth, veteran and disabled categories, subject to approval by each national federation and confederation.
In France, temporary expulsion, i.e. a white card inflicted on the offender, ordered to calm down for ten minutes, has been in force since 2018 in amateur competitions. "My feeling is that this temporary exclusion, which is already being done in some leagues and districts, is interesting. The feedback I've received from amateur football is quite satisfactory," explained Éric Borghini.
🚨 The IFAB has approved the trial of a new rule: the 10-minute temporary expulsion! 🟨
It will be used in a very specific context:
▫️ protests against the referee
▫️, tactical fouls, such as... pic.twitter.com/E6jM8qyoxN
— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) November 30, 2023
Professional football is not currently affected by this measure, so this is what could change in the future. Pierluigi Collina, chairman of Fifa's referees' committee, who sits on the IFAB's technical sub-committee, stressed that the trial of temporary bans in professional football could come as early as next season, subject to approval by the body's general assembly in March.
"If the IFAB wants to entrust some voluntary countries with an experiment in their professional competitions, France would be up for next season. Obviously, if the LFP and the FFF executive committee agree," said the president of the federal referees' commission, also for L'Équipe. It should be noted that UEFA is not yet inclined to this revolution. Euro 2024 and the next Champions League will do without the white card.