Jose Mourinho reveals he IS in favour of blue cards despite proposed plans backlash as the legendary manager admits sinbins are ‘probably more fair’ than players being banned for too many yellow cards

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Jose Mourinho has revealed he is in favour of the proposed blue card being introduced into the Premier League, provided it stops players missing games for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Plans for a blue card would see 10-minute sin-bins trialled during games — in what would be the first new card added to the professional game since yellows and reds were brought in for the 1970 World Cup.

The initiative was set to see players sent to a 10-minute sin-bin for cynical fouls and showing dissent towards officials, in a rule similar to yellow cards being shown in rugby.

Receiving a blue and a yellow, or two blues, will have the same result as two yellows, and see players sent off.

The blue card is being considered by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), but a planned announcement last week was cancelled amid a furore of backlash at the idea.

Jose Mourinho has revealed he is in favour of the proposed blue card being introduced into the Premier League

Football lawmakers could trial sin-binning players by giving blue cards to players who commit cynical fouls and show dissent towards match officials

Football lawmakers could trial sin-binning players by giving blue cards to players who commit cynical fouls and show dissent towards match officials

A host of Premier League managers fumed at the decision believing it wouldn’t be good for modern day football, however, Mourinho – although tentative – is in support of the new card being brought in to dish out mid-match punishment.

‘I think there is always a feeling of changing things, I’m not always sure you change for better,’ José Mourinho, Football.com Global ambassador told FIVE.

‘I think if the sinbin means you’re out for certain number of minutes but then not an accumulation of it and can play next match without suspension or five yellows I would say so. 

‘Something I never understand very well is from accumulation of yellow cards a payer cannot play one match, clubs pay players to play, players want to play, fans want players to play, you cannot play for accumulation of yellow cards.

‘If there is something that takes it out I say yes and probably more fair than if you make a mistake or infraction in match then you pay it in that match it maybe makes sense and gives team a difficulty to deal with in that specific match. 

Mourinho was speaking on Rio Ferdinand's FIVE Youtube channel where he revealed his support of blue cards

Mourinho was speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE Youtube channel where he revealed his support of blue cards

Mourinho has previously clashed with referees and under new rules could be shown a blue card for dissent towards officials

Mourinho has previously clashed with referees and under new rules could be shown a blue card for dissent towards officials

‘You are out and have to play with one man less for 10 minutes ok lets go, I wouldn’t dislike I would say,’ he added. 

Current Premier League rules around yellow cards states players will be suspended for one game if they receive five yellow cards during the the first 19 games of the season. 

They will then be banned for a further two games if 10 yellow cards are picked up before the 32nd game of the season.

All three parts of the interview will be available on FIVE’s YouTube. The full interview with José Mourinho will be available on @FIVEUK’s audio platforms, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts.



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