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Vote: Is a ‘sin bin’ for diving a good idea?

Jack Warner suggests tough measures for World Cup cheats

Didier Drogba

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…



5 responses so far
  • fourstar // October 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Good idea, along with extra assistants and video evidence. And the captain being the only player allowed to speak to the referee. And all the other things that FIFA seems so scared of introducing. The players and managers have taken control of the rules of the game; this needs to be wrested back from them.

  • fourstar // October 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Rich’s idea is a good one, minimum 5 minutes for ALL injuries requiring the club physio to enter the field of play.

  • Rich // October 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Related, but a little different: To cut down on injury faking, the player who “need treatment” should report to the fourth official and wait 5 minutes before returning to the field. The coach may opt to sub the player out (he may be truly injured) immediately. But if the player is faking, the penalty is 5 minutes. This will change the culture of feigning injury to kill the clock.

  • Bokolis // October 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve been saying that $h!t for years…that a player that comes off for “injury”- regardless of a perceived dive- should be made to sit out for a few minutes.

    Lost amidst the flying bananas in the wake of Adebayor’s goal was that, instead of rolling around in the hopes of drawing a card, the cat that crossed him the ball popped up to continue the attack after being hacked from behind.

    The threat of a quarter-hour on the sidelines should be enough to deter diving. But, I wouldn’t trust these officials to tell me the color of my boots, much less determine (or consistently apply logic to) whether a player was diving.

    And, if they’re going to implement a hockey-style “power play,” I suggest an anti-hoofing measure; other than from a kickout, the ball has to be brought a certain ways upfield before it can be kicked over the half way line.

    Rules suck, boys.

  • i like tuesday // October 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Make a player wait a certain length of time before re-entering the pitch if the physios have to come on for an injury. Exceptions for head injuries and blood to give a little discretion for the referee.

    There will be a lot more just getting up after a hard foul and a lot less rolling around on the pitch trying to get other players sent off. Should eliminate the more egregious time-wasting at the end of close matches.

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