Nigel Owens backs plans by the FA to introduce "sin bins" in football

Nigel Owens backs plans by the FA to introduce “sin bins” in football

  • Nigel Owens has backed plans to introduce “sin bins” in football
  • The FA will trial “temporary dismissals” in England’s local league football
  • Players who are shown a yellow card for dissent will leave the field for 10 minutes
Popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens has backed plans by the Football Association to introduce “sin bins” to the sport.

“I think football needs it. It will cut out the dissent, or certainly will help cut it out,” said Owens.

The popular Welsh referee took charge of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final and will take charge of his third successive European Champions Cup final at Murrayfield on 13 May.

“In rugby … on average there are about seven or 10 points scored against the side that has had a player sin-binned,” he added.

“A goal in football when someone is off the field and his team is down to 10 men would be a huge difference.


“And it will ensure that the manager instils discipline in his players as well and in the way they conduct themselves on the field as far as respect and dissent goes so it’s hugely important I think that they do bring it in.”

The FA plans to introduce the rule in England’s step seven – six tiers below the National League – and the leagues below.

It will also be tested in Sunday League and male and female youth football.