No ‘blue cards’ at elite level as topic non-existent, says FIFA chief Gianni Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated that FIFA is against the International Football Association Board’s suggestion for so-called ‘blue cards’ and that he was unaware of the idea until it became public.

The announcement that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will test its new concept of sin-binning players and giving them blue cards has sent shockwaves through the footballing community.

The suggestion from football’s rule-making body to impose ‘blue cards’, which give referees the authority to send players out for 10 minutes for dissent or committing cynical fouls, was discussed with FIFA during the IFAB Annual General Meeting in Scotland.

“There will not be any blue cards used at elite level. This is a topic that is non-existent for us,” Infantino said to the reporters on Friday as he arrived at the IFAB meeting in Loch Lomond, Scotland.

He added, “FIFA is completely opposed to blue cards. I was not aware of this topic – as the president of FIFA. I think FIFA has a say in IFAB. If you want a title, ‘it is red card to the blue card.’ We are always open to look at ideas and proposals. But once you look at it, you also have to protect the essence and tradition of the game. There is no blue card.”

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