Platini calls for sin bins to replace yellow cards
BARCELONA (Reuters) - European soccer chief Michel Platini wants yellow cards to be replaced by a rugby-style system of sin bins.
Platini, the president of governing body UEFA, said on Thursday he would also like the winner of national cup competitions to be rewarded with a place in the Champions League.
"I would change the system of cautions," Platini told Spanish newspaper AS.
"I would do it like in rugby, where the perpetrator would be punished by being off the pitch for 10 or 15 minutes of the game.
"That means the team they are facing would benefit in the same match and it would be instead of a ban for accumulation of cards against another side later in the season.
"It is an idea which needs now to be developed and to see if it is something that would be good for the game."
Under the current system, players are suspended when they accumulate a certain number of yellow cards over a period of the season.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter poured cold water on Platini's idea later on Thursday.
"I cannot see why we should change something in match control when we have already established all the regulations," Blatter told a news conference in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, where the world's governing body is meeting ahead of Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals. Continued...