Referees may want sin-bins but they will never get them
Vincent Kompany's dismissal has renewed the debate about the sanctions referees have at their disposal, with some suggesting his tackle was somewhere between a yellow and a red card.
Sin-bins are the orange card every referee wants but will never get. Sending off a player is a big deal.
It changes games and invites major analysis because – as I have written before – there is so much at stake in professional football.
Bad Kompany The Manchester City captain tackles Nani on Sunday
Sending off players for two technical offences, such as removal of shirts or kicking the ball away, really does seem too harsh and only leads to criticism.
So, naturally, referees shy away from dismissing players – especially for offensive, insulting or abusive language, even though in law it is a red-card offence.
Sin-binning would allow officials to apply the law for that offence without having to resort to a full dismissal.
Off you go: Chris Foy gives Kompany his marching orders
Unfortunately, the International Football Association Board, the body that determines the Laws of the Game, are unlikely ever to afford referees sin-binning as a tool.
IFAB insist the laws of football are uniform, no matter the level. If a player is sin-binned in park football, who manages that player
Where does he serve his 10-minute sanction and who is he allowed to talk to I believe the professional game should have different laws to amateur matches.
Time out: The IFAB are unlikely to introduce sin-bins like the ones seen in Rugby
The pressures and expectations are different and the laws should be, too. I don't, however, believe sinbinning Kompany on Sunday, rather than dismissing him, would have been the answer.
Chris Foy thought it was dangerous and called it as he saw it, which is all you can do. Football's inflexibility frustrates me.
Let's test and trial new technology and ideas, which can improve the spectacle and help officials reach correct decisions.
Keep ones that work and ditch those that don't. Sin-binning is an example of that. Let's try it.