FIFA has refuted claims regarding the introduction of blue cards in football.
Recent reports suggested that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) had initiated a trial for the use of blue cards as a sin-bin penalty, wherein players would be temporarily sidelined for 10 minutes for infractions like dissent and tactical fouls.
In an official statement, FIFA explicitly dismissed these reports as inaccurate and premature.
They clarified that while discussions regarding the possibility of implementing blue cards may be underway, any trials would be confined to lower-tier competitions, not elite levels.
“FIFA wishes to clarify that reports of the so-called ‘blue card’ at elite levels of football are incorrect and premature.
“Any such trials, if implemented, should be limited to testing in a responsible manner at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item is discussed at the IFAB AGM on March 2.”