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FIFA is ‘Completely Opposed’ to Blue Cards: Gianni Infantino

The President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, has stated that the Federation is ‘completely opposed’ to blue cards and that they will not be used at the elite level.

Infantino gave his statement ahead of the 138th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) on March 2, 2024. The Board earlier sought to introduce blue cards, apart from the yellow and red cards which were introduced during the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, conferring power on the referees to send players to the sin-bin for 10 minutes in a match for dissent or committing cynical fouls. In the second such instance, it was proposed that a red card would be shown, resulting in the player’s dismissal.

Revealing that he was unaware of the topic, the FIFA President said that it was a “red card to the blue card“. He added, “We are always open to look at ideas and proposals. But once you look at it, you also have to protect the essence and tradition of the game. There is no blue card“.

During the Board’s AGM, which was held in Loch Lomond, Scotland, a number of changes to the Laws of the Game pertaining to permanent concussion substitutes, penalty kicks, handball offences, etc., were approved.[1]

[1] https://www.theifab.com/news/the-ifab-approves-permanent-concussion-substitutes-among-several-changes-to-the-l/