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'Sin bins' in football? FA to start trial in England's lowest leagues next season

The trial will aim to tackle dissent in football.

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THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION will trial ‘sin bins’ in England’s lower leagues next season, the BBC reports.

The concept, which was adopted by rugby union in 2001, will be rolled out in the bottom tier of the National League system.

Under the trial, players who are shown a yellow card for dissent will be sidelined for 10 minutes before they are allowed to return to play.

The National League pyramid exists separately to the Premier League and Football League. Its top division is the National League – formerly known as the Conference – and the sin bins will first be tried in the seventh tier which contains a variety of regional leagues.

The move is a first step towards exploring the use of sin bins, a concept which was explored by global rule makers the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at their annual meeting earlier this year.

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