So many questions about soccer’s blue-card proposal

Iran's Mehdi Taremi, centre, argues with the referee after he showed a red card to Iran's Shojae Khalilzadeh, not seen, during the Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between Iran and Qatar at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

Iran's Mehdi Taremi, centre, argues with the referee after he showed a red card to Iran's Shojae Khalilzadeh, not seen, during the Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between Iran and Qatar at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Soccer fans around the world soon may see referees wielding a new “blue card” to try to keep games flowing.

The International Football Association Board, which makes the game’s rules, is expected Friday to release details of the new card, which would be given to punish players for dissent or cynical fouls. The punishment would be to send the player to the sidelines for 10 minutes. Two blue cards, or one blue and one yellow, would be the equivalent of a red card.

MLS hasn’t yet said if it will be one of the leagues to allow the new cards, which wouldn’t go into place until next year.

There are many questions whose answers weren’t included in any of the reporting Thursday about the new disciplinary device.

What happens if the blue card is shown with less than 10 minutes remaining in a match? Would the suspension carry over to the next match?

What if the goalkeeper is accused? Would a teammate be sent off instead? If so, who would pick the teammate?

Why not just continue to use yellow cards in cases of dissent?

Are blue cards reviewable by the video assistant referee?

Can a player who is serving a 10-minute suspension be subbed off, with the new player returning once the disciplinary period ends?

How many players can receive a blue card and serve a suspension at the same time?

This proposal needs a blue card.

For more content about Atlanta United

Follow me on Twitter/X @DougRobersonAJC

On Facebook at Atlanta United News Now

On Instagram at DouglasDavidRoberson

Atlanta United coverage on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southern Fried Soccer podcast can be found

Apple - https://apple.co/3ISD6Ve

Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3L8TN0C

Google podcasts - https://bit.ly/32KlZW3

If you are listening to us for the first time, please follow us on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcast ... and if you like what you hear, please give us a good rating so we can grow the show. If you have questions about the MLS team, you can email Doug Roberson at droberson@ajc.com, DM him on Twitter @dougrobersonajc or call 404-526-2527.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a special offer for our podcast listeners. If you subscribe today, you can get three months of unlimited digital access for just 99 cents. That’s all of our sports coverage, politics, breaking news, investigations, food and dining, and so much more on AJC.com. Plus, access to our ePaper and our assortment of newsletters. So, join our community by going to subscribe.ajc.com/podcasts that’s subscribe.ajc.com/podcasts so you always know what’s really going on.

Atlanta United’s 2024 schedule

Feb. 24 at Columbus, 2 p.m.

March 9 vs. New England, 7:30 p.m.

March 17 vs. Orlando, 7 p.m., FS1

March 23 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

March 31 vs. Chicago, 3:30 p.m., Fox

April 6 at NYCFC, 7:30 p.m.

April 14 vs. Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m., Fox

April 20 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

April 27 at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

May 4 vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

May 11 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

May 15 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

May 18 at Nashville, 1:30 p.m.

May 25 vs. LAFC, 7:30 p.m.

May 29 at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

June 2 vs Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., Fox

June 15 vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m.

June 19 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

June 22 at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.

June 29 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

July 3 at New England, 7:30 p.m.

July 6 at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

July 13 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

July 17 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m.

July 20 vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 vs. Nashville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 vs. Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Orlando, 6 p.m.

About the Author