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Blue cards in football? It’s a red card card from me
This week has seen the announcement from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) that blue cards will be introduced and are going to be trialled for acts of dissent and cynical fouls. The showing of the blue card will also mean that the player receiving it will spend 10 minutes in a ‘sin bin.’
Speaking purely as a football fan and not a journalist, I’m not a big fan of this development and I can’t see the sense of changing the current rules in terms of cards. It looks already good enough to me, so… I’m not pro-blue cards, at all. I do think the game needs different changes, just not this one.
Tim Steidten would be a huge loss for West Ham
There would appear to be multiple stories in the media which suggest that Tim Steidten is going to walk away from West Ham if David Moyes stays. To be completely honest guys, I don’t have anything confirmed on this at this stage.
For sure, losing Tim Steidten would be a huge loss for West Ham in any case, as he did an excellent job in the summer.
There were important signings made and a new, fresh vision for the club in terms of the project, other signings and more. He’s done great work at both Leverkusen and West Ham recently.
Thiago will decide his future this summer, not now
Despite the rumours that Thiago doesn’t want to extend his contract at Liverpool, nothing is concrete yet between him and any other club. This is one for the summer.
Thiago is too serious and too professional to agree on a deal with another club now and not tell Liverpool about it.
Everything will be decided in the next months, nothing has been agreed yet.
FFP to dictate Barcelona’s transfer business
I’ve no information about the situation surrounding Frenkie de Jong so far.
In general guys, Barcelona around May will understand the situation in terms of Financial Fair Play and what they have to do in terms of outgoings.
Deco was clear two days ago when he said that Barcelona don’t want to sell top players.
However, Financial Fair Play could dictate their movements in the market and this will be clarified in the summer, not now.
Difficult time for Chiesa but he’s valued by Juve
I’m also not…