Yellow card and off - Dutch go radical

The KNVB has introduced a new scheme that will see players be forced to sit out 10 minutes if they pick up a caution
The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) is introducing a new scheme that will see a yellow card in the amateur game punished by a 10-minute spell on the sidelines.

The plans, which are to be brought in next season, will see players leave the pitch if they pick up a booking and return soon after, similar to the 'sin bin' in Rugby League, Rugby Union and Ice Hockey.

Anton Binnenmars, director of amateur football at the KNVB, said the manslaughter of linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen at the hands of three players at a local match in December 2012, prompted the plans.

“After the sad events on December 2, it became clear for the football world and the society in general that we needed to do something,” Binnenmars told reporters.

“We have to take stronger measures. Violence does not belong on the pitch.”