Mesut Ozil suggests that the forthcoming introduction of the blue card in football will spell trouble for a specific club.

Published Categorized as Football No Comments on Mesut Ozil suggests that the forthcoming introduction of the blue card in football will spell trouble for a specific club.
Mesut Ozil

Former Arsenal star Mesut Özil has weighed in on the potential impact of the introduction of blue cards in football, offering a prediction on which team could face significant challenges.

The decision by football’s lawmakers IFAB to introduce blue cards marks a significant change in refereeing protocol, with the traditional yellow and red cards being joined by this new addition.

Blue cards will be utilized to penalize players for cynical fouls aimed at halting promising attacks or for dissent toward match officials, requiring the offending player to spend 10 minutes in a sin-bin, similar to rugby.

While the FA Cup has been identified as a potential testing ground for this new system, lower-tier competitions are expected to be the initial focus before a potential global rollout if successful.

Former Germany international Mesut Özil, known for his creativity on the pitch and now retired from professional football, offered his thoughts on which team might struggle with the new rules.

Mesut Ozil (Credits: Goal.com)

He humorously aimed a jab at Atlético Madrid, suggesting they might find themselves with significantly reduced numbers on the field due to blue cards. Taking to social media, Ozil quipped, “So Atlético Madrid will only play with 6 players then?”

Ozil’s comment likely alludes to Atlético Madrid’s reputation for tactical fouling and gamesmanship, traits that could potentially see them fall afoul of the new blue card system.

The new protocol emphasizes harsher punishment for fouls intended to thwart counterattacks, a strategy often employed by teams like Atlético. For instance, instances where a player deliberately fouls to stop a counterattack, as seen in the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England, will now be subject to more severe penalties.

While UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has expressed reservations about the sin-bin system, the implementation of blue cards seems imminent, signaling a significant shift in football’s disciplinary procedures.

Richard

By Richard

All in one crazy for sports, especially baseball.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *