ZURICH: FIFA has played down reports that the lawmaking International Board is about to endorse the use of blue card ‘sin bin’ punishments across world football.

There will be no change to the current rules allowing referees to hand out a yellow card as a warning, with two yellow cards equating to a red card, sending the player off.

IFAB is shortly expected only to permit trials at junior level if a player were to commit a cynical foul or show dissent towards a match official. Two blue cards would equal a red card, with a combination of a blue and a yellow card also seeing a player sent off.

In a statement read: “FIFA wishes to clarify that reports of the so-called ‘blue card’ at elite levels of football are incorrect and premature.

“Any such trials, if implemented, should be limited to testing in a responsible manner at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item is discussed at the IFAB AGM on March 1.”