Vote: Is a ‘sin bin’ for diving a good idea?
Jack Warner suggests tough measures for World Cup cheats
After deciding that UEFA’s technique of banning players and subsequently letting them off the hook was not an effective method of deterring diving, FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has suggested a rugby-style ‘sin bin’ is a distinct possibility for the 2010 World Cup:
“[Often] a guy fakes an injury, and he acts as if it’s the end of the world, and then after you give him the foul he then flies up and kicks the ball.
“That guy should be sent off, and he should be sent off for five minutes.”
A five-minute sin bin would certainly be a strong deterrent for players thinking of hitting the deck, particularly if it was coupled with a yellow card (thus preventing the prospect of multiple sin bin visits from a single player). However, without the assistance of video replays to prove simulation, temporary incarceration could put even more pressure on referees who may be accused of incorrectly using their powers.
So, are you pro-sin bin, or is this just more unwanted tampering from football’s governing body? Let us know below…