“Doesn’t Seem Like a Fantastic Idea”- Jurgen Klopp Says ‘No’ To Blue Cards While Pep Guardiola Refuses To Comment

Published 02/09/2024, 9:15 AM EST

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The soccer community is still on the fence following the International Football Association Board‘s latest announcement. The IFAB is looking to bring a revolutionary change to the sport, with the organization set to introduce the Blue Card in the coming months. While elite leagues will not be a part of the initial testing, the association plans to implement the rules at the top level come summer. However, it seems like not everyone is impressed with the effort, as Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp bashed the idea during his press conference. On the contrary, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was a little conservative in his approach, as the Spaniard maintained his silence on the matter.

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The Liverpool head coach did not mince his words while questioning the decision during his press conference. While talking to the media, Jurgen Klopp stated, “If they want to test it, I have no problem. Doesn’t sound like a fantastic idea at the first moment. But actually, I can’t remember when the last fantastic idea came from these guys. If they ever had one.”

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Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola decided to maintain his silence on the matter. The Spaniard claimed, “I have no comments on the potential introduction of blue cards (sin-bins). Maybe I have an opinion if and when they are introduced.”

The International Football Association Board seems all set to implement the Blue Card across multiple leagues around the seas. It could be a significant step to change the sport as there has been no change to the existing rules following the introduction of the Red and Yellow cards in 1970. The Blue Card will serve as a disciplinary measure, allowing match officials to prevent rising dissent against on-field decisions.

How will the Blue Card work despite having criticism from Jurgen Klopp?

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The Blue Card rule in soccer draws significant inspiration from Indoor Football. The indoor version of the sport allows match officials to book players for a brief two-minute period for committing a tactical foul or showing minor dissent toward a referee. However, it seems like IFAB plans to take things to the next level. According to reports, the Blue Card will serve as a warning card during soccer games, allowing match officials to eject players for ten minutes.

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It could bring massive ramifications to how the game is played. Losing a player for ten minutes is more than enough to turn the tide of the game. However, IFAB believes that this will help them curb tactical fouls and present the game in a more streamlined approach. What are your thoughts on the Blue Card rule? Let us know in the comments below.

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Saurabh Saket

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While soccer was never my first love, I never realized when I turned into an avid fan who jumps at every missed goal-scoring opportunity. I'm a passionate Borussia Dortmund fan despite my side not lifting the league title in the last twelve years. I love to talk about tiny aspects of the game, discussing every little detail.
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