The International Football Association’s board are meeting in Ireland tomorrow to discuss a number of proposals that have received criticisms from various key figures of the LMA (League Managers Association).
The potential introduction of a ‘sin bin’, together with extending half-time to 20 minutes instead of the normal 15 and a fourth substitute, will all be discussed. Yet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is only in agreement with the latter of these three suggestions.
A fourth substitute would come into effect during extra-time of cup games in order to help relieve a team of cramp, fatigue, and a potential injury pile-up.
"I think the fourth substitute in extra-time is discussable," Wenger is quoted by the Arsenal’s official website as saying.
"It could bring something different to a team when everybody’s tired. Although nothing in these reforms seem to be major, interesting or designed to improve the quality of the game.
"Sin bins I am against. It has been tested and it didn’t work. It complicates a situation that is very simple in football and I believe we have to keep it as simple as possible.
"Being in football I always feel responsible to think, ‘How can we improve the quality of the game?’ None of these will really improve it."
During Arsenal's 1-0 midweek win over Roma in the Champions League, Arsenal could have benefitted from an extended half-time break as both William Gallas and Kolo Toure were late out onto the pitch - the Ivorian international was even booked for stepping onto the field without the referee's permission.
"Twenty minutes half-time break I am against. Apart from selling a few more beers at half-time, I don’t know how it will improve football," the Frenchman joked.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com