Matt Le Tissier: Michel Platini’s sin-bin proposal has mileage

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier speaks to Liam Garrahan about Uefa president Michel Platini's sin-bin proposal

By Liam Garrahan

Matt Le Tissier has backed Michel Paltini’s calls for yellow cards to be replaced by a sin-bin in football.

The head of European football’s governing body, Uefa, wants football to follow rugby’s example and punish offenders with a 10 or 15-minute sin bin.

And Southampton legend Le Tissier believes Platini should explore the proposal, which could prevent players abusing the suspension system.

“There’s some merit to it,” Le Tissier told The Sport Review.

“Obviously it has got to be looked into in terms of the severity of the offence and the time that they’re looking to sin bin player for; a sliding scale depending on the severity of the offence.

“But I think there is some mileage in it – I really do.”

He continued: “A lot of yellow cards are handed out willy-nilly and don’t really mean anything.

“Players sometimes abuse that system, picking up a yellow in a meaningless match which means that they get suspended for a game that doesn’t really matter so they can play in an important one.”

Le Tissier also feels the sin-bin system could help referees find a greater level of consistency when it comes to their decision-making process in terms of handing out punishment to offending players.

“I’d like to think that it might bring about a little bit more consistency and transparency,” he added.

“They need a little bit of help from video technology which is used in other sports.

“It can be used in football which won’t stop the flow of games which is why people against it tend to think.”

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