The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved the introduction of a new blue card in football, which will become official this Friday. The blue card, with its striking color, will be used by referees to indicate that a player deserves to be temporarily suspended from the game.
The blue card will be used in tournaments such as the FA Cup and the FA Women’s Cup, starting next season. According to The Telegraph of England, the IFAB will approve the use of the blue card on Friday, February 9, but it will not include summer national team competitions or elite leagues for the time being.
Referees will show the blue card to a player on two occasions, and each time, the player will have to leave the field of play for a period of 10 minutes. If a player receives the blue card twice, they will automatically earn a red card and be expelled from the match.
In addition to the temporary suspension, another option for disciplining a player will be to show them a blue card and a yellow card during the match, resulting in the player being sent to the locker room without the opportunity to continue playing in that match.
The introduction of the blue card represents a significant change in football, and it remains to be seen how different leagues and FIFA will react to its use. However, as long as it is within the rules of football, it must be complied with. This decision by the IFAB is sure to revolutionize the game and will be a topic of discussion in the football world in the coming days.