Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Football fans are familiar about existing yellow and red cards in the game. The game may witness the introduction of blue cards for dissent and cynical fouls soon.

As per the plans revealed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the governing body responsible for the laws of the game, a blue card would result in a player’s temporary removal from the field for 10 minutes. 

To add a layer of complexity, there is also the option to combine colors. Should a player reenter the game and receive another blue card, it would escalate to a red card, leading to permanent dismissal.

Moreover, a combination of one blue and one yellow card would also result in a red card. IFAB is set to propose these recommendations on Friday, paving the way for trials in various competitions.

As per sources, this innovative approach reflects the concerted efforts of international football authorities to address the escalating issue of ‘participant behavior’ on the field. It is believed to influence both spectator conduct and incidents in grassroots sports with tangible repercussions for players and referees.