Add this to the list of the dumbest ideas on how to improve the world's game. Goal.com writer Pat Walsh suggests that officials should have a third card to show players, suggesting a blue card for offenses more egregious than a yellow card warrants, but not bad enough to issue a red.
Yellow cards are like technical fouls in basketball. If a player collects two during the course of a game, he is ejected, suspended for the next game, and the team must play the remainder of the contest without the possibility of a substitute. In Wednesday's Champions League Final, a red card issued in the first half forced Arsenal to play the rest of the game with only 10 men.
Here's why Walsh's idea is stupid.
1.) He says officials are hesitant about issuing yellow and red cards for fear of giving one team an unfair advantage. Nevermind the fact that cards and penalties are issued for one team giving THEMSELVES an unfair advantage. Also, the Champions League Final showed that officials are not at all gunshy about sending a player off early.
2.) If anything, a blue card would encourage MORE aggressive play, not less. Players would play less cautiously because under the current system, a fault would doom the rest of the team. Under Walsh's system, substitutes would be allowed, and the fear of setting the team back with a flagrant foul would be lost as one team is trying to gain the advantage.
3.) With a blue card sending a player to the showers, doesn't that already have the purpose of a red card?
Some other problems with this article- he claims that the final 73 minutes of the Champions League Final were "marred" because of a red card that "wasn't merited" and "an enormous mistake." Lies. The card was totally justified because it was a reckless play. Not malicious, but very stupid. Secondly, the final 73 minutes were some of the most intriguing, suspenseful football I have ever seen. Arsenal's vaunted defense held out for nearly the entire game against Barca's prolific offense. The Gunners were 15 minutes away from being crowned champions of Europe until a furious Barca rally sent the Catalans into jubilation. I wonder if he even watched the game, or if he just heard about it...