The world football governing body, FIFA, has dismissed reports that a blue card will be introduced into the sin-bins of elite-level football any time soon.
The introduction of the card which is used in sports like rugby was reported to be announced today and would see players removed from the field for 10 minutes if they commit a cynical foul or show dissent towards a match official.
The widely circulated reports by major news outlets have attracted the attention of FIFA.
In a post on X on February 8, it discredited the reports as incorrect and premature.
“FIFA wishes to clarify that reports of the so-called ‘blue card’ at elite levels of football are incorrect and premature.”
Though it has no plans of adding the blue card to the Red and Yellow cards at elite level, it asserts that any form of trial should be limited to lower levels of football.
This position will be reiterated at the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) on March 2.
“Any such trials, if implemented, should be limited to testing in a responsible manner at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item is discussed at the IFAB AGM on 2 March.”