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Sin Bins in football? FA discussing this on Friday 

IFAB who make the laws of association football have their 131st AGM on Friday. The potential introduction of sin bins is one of their topics. Many sports including hockey, ice hockey and more recently rugby already use sin bins effectively. 

My own view is that this is a good idea. Currently yellow cards are not a deterrent to teams or players . Furthermore the eventual totting up process and inevitable ban serves little in the way of punishment for the team and of no value to the team who were fouled against. Yellow cards are almost pointless . Cynical challenges have become more commonplace. Dissent seems almost obligatory. Most games contain a large number of fouls which disrupt the game and free kicks often do not serve as an appropriate swap for such fouls. 

A sin bin would mean immediate punishment and cause disruption to the offending side. Whereas red cards allow tactical substitutions this would not be feasible in the majority of sin bin offences. 

Rugby union introduced sin bins in 2001 and yellow card offences are punished with 10 minutes in the sin bin. 

A quick search through social media this morning suggests that at least 70% are not in favour of introduction of sin bins. Let’s see how the FA manage this issue. 

I would suggest that there are 2 levels of sin bin punishment as in ice hockey. A yellow equivalent should be rewarded with 10 minutes in the sin bin. The option should also be there for a 20 minute penalty for a second yellow card offence rather than a red card. 

Martin Allen Sacked by Eastleigh

Eastleigh have one of the largest budgets in the conference if not the largest . Yet they sit in 15th place in National League. Two places below minnows Boreham Wood and four places below Bromley. A mid table finish will not be regarded positively especially as after handing Martin Allen a huge contract only months ago. 

The club have not disclosed the reasons behind the termination of contract but nothing yet points to anything other than poor results including a 1-0 home defeat to Macclesfield last night. 

Fourteen games in charge do not suggest the club has much patience with poor results. Especially after 7 games without a win and winning only 2/14 games. The next manager will be the fourth of the season and fans may well ask who is doing the choosing and why such poor choices. The type of manager chosen seems the experienced type but not the up and coming younger managers with flair. Chris Todd and Ronnie Moore are well within the former category. 

Decision making also seems not a forte of the club with Allen getting rid of 19 players and bringing in 13 new faces in only 84 days. Let’s see what happens next. Maybe a learning that success rarely  can be bought overnight and stability is often key as is a manager who can truly motivate his team. Martin Allen when at Brentford was regarded as one of the best motivational managers they ever had although tactically not always supreme. Has he lost that knack? Will he manage again? Or is this farewell? 

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