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Ange Postecoglou, the head coach of Tottenham, has cautioned against implementing blue cards and sin bins, stating that it would ruin the sport of football.
On Thursday, it was announced that a potential trial may begin in which a blue card would be used to indicate dissent and professional fouls. Offenders would then be temporarily removed from play for 10 minutes.
FIFA has recently announced that the sin bin trial will not take place in high-level football. The International Football Association Board, responsible for governing the sport, will not release details of the trial until the following month.
Postecoglou was firm in his conviction that it would be an incorrect decision.
“One team being down to 10 men for 10 minutes, you know what it’s going to do to our game? It’s going to destroy it, mate,” Postecoglou insisted.
One team may end up idling for 10 minutes while waiting for a player to arrive, resulting in wasted time.
Other sports are attempting to simplify, but for some strange reason, we are going in the opposite direction.
Postecoglou extensively discussed the rules of the match before Saturday’s game against Brighton.
The manager of the Spurs team stood up for their goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario, who let in a goal from a corner in their 2-2 tie against Everton last weekend.
Vicario was unable to handle Dwight McNeil’s cross into the six-yard box while being closely marked by Jack Harrison, similar to the situation in their 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last month.
Ruben Dias marked Vicario closely during that event, when a corner kick from Kevin De Bruyne led to Tottenham’s goalkeeper making a mistake that allowed Nathan Ake to score.
This week, Spurs sent a letter to Professional Game Match Officials Limited to request clarification on why neither goal was considered to be encroachment.
“We have sent some items to receive clarification,” Postecoglou disclosed.
“I may receive criticism for this, but there was a clear indication in the game that the goalkeeper was given special treatment. I believe this is not just my own observation.”
The reason this statement was commonly made was because if a goalkeeper was hindered in any manner within the six-yard box, it would result in a foul. As a player and manager, I was aware of this rule.
There has been a change in perspective, and now it seems to me that it can be considered as obstruction.
“In simple terms, if you prevent a goalkeeper from reaching a ball before it has even arrived, that is considered obstruction.”
What will this change with the goalkeepers? Essentially, it allows for surrounding and crowding the goalkeeper, placing balls on top of him, and waiting for the resulting scramble to see what occurs.
“I was highly impressed with Vic’s performance the other day. Despite conceding nine corners, he confidently handled each one by actively engaging and attempting to stop them.”
“I can’t praise him highly enough over the way he handled it.
“What exactly does it mean when people tell you to ‘be stronger’?”
If he physically interferes with or takes any action against a player, the use of VAR leaves you with little hope. You are likely to receive a penalty against your team.
Son Heung-min, the captain of Tottenham, returns for their match against Brighton. Postecoglou is counting on his presence to give their unexpected pursuit for the title a boost.
According to Opta Analyst, Tottenham only has a 0.1% probability of winning the Premier League this year.
“What was the percentage? So we have an opportunity. Let’s pursue it. There are no concerns or problems with that. We have a chance,” Postecoglou grinned.