UEFA president Michel Platini has opined that yellow cards could be replaced by a sin-bin.
Platini also backed the idea of allowing national cup champions take part in the Champions League.
The sin-bin (also known as the penalty box) in Rugby and ice hockey is the area where a player sits to serve the time of a given penalty, for an offense not severe enough to merit outright expulsion from a match.
Teams are not allowed to replace any player, who have been sent to the sin-bin.
“I would make it like rugby, punishing the offender with 10 or 15 minutes out of the game,” he said in an interview with Spanish sports daily newspaper AS.
“It is an idea. Now it needs to mature and see if it really is good for the game. It is a proposal to be explored.”
Under the existing in-game disciplinary system a player who is shown a straight red card or two yellow cards in the same game is immediately sent off and cannot be replaced.
Meanwhile, the aspect of the rule that concerns the European football’s governing body chief is the part which allows a player to miss future games after picking up a certain number of yellow cards spread over several matches.
Platini feels if the sin-bin were introduced, it becomes a fairer punishment being “that way, the benefit goes to the team he is playing against, in the same match, instead of a sanction by cards which is carried out against a third team, the next on the calendar”.
He also feels goalkeepers who concedes penalty should not be dismissed.
“It seems excessive,” the former Les Blues of France captain said. “The penalty is itself already is punishment enough.
“I think it’s something that everyone in Fifa and Uefa agree, but one or two of the countries that make up the International Board are unwilling to change.”
Regarding the subject of Champions League qualification, which is currently restricted to where teams finish in their domestic leagues, Platini backed plans to also include winners of domestic cup competitions.
“I agree with this proposal, which we have debated many times,” he said. “But when it comes time to vote, countries that don’t want to cede a place for the cup champion are in the majority.”