Football:Sinners will see blue

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But both will be affected by the new County disciplinary system which is being introduced by the Football Association in a bid to quell the spiralling number of cautions currently being issued throughout the country in the five-a-side game.

Changes will mean that all offences that do not carry a 35-day ban will being dealt with by small-sided games organisers.

Suspensions will be by a number of games in small-sided matches while the Jersey Football Association’s disciplinary committee will continue to deal with offences that carry a 35-day suspensions or above.

Suspensions of 21 days or under will now only apply to the league in which the offences were committed.

All 35-day offences will mean a ban from both small-sided and 11-a-side games.

The new disciplinary changes come into force from 1 July.

JFA president Charlie Tostevin said: ‘There has been a large rise in the number of cautions in small-sided games throughout the country apparently because competitions are being run by companies.

‘This is not the case in Jersey but as we play are under FA regulations we have to adopt their procedures so the five-a-side league will deal with minor disciplinary cases.’ At present a five-a-side player who infringes the law is shown a yellow card by a referee.

The issuing of a caution also entails an £8 administration fee to the JFA.

The blue card system means that a player will be sin-binned (a timed suspension) for a first offence and then permanently excluded from play if shown a second blue card.

There are no changes to the red card, a player is permanently excluded from play.

Blue card offences will not carry an administration fee.

Two blue cards shown in a match will lead to an automatic one-match suspension.

Tostevin added: ‘The JFA will lose out financially because of the changes but that is not the point.

In an ideal world there would be no disciplinary at all, but that will never happen.

Money-wise the JFA will continue to look at ways of raising funds for its teams.’ Sin bins for small-sided games are on a varying scale with periods of two, four and eight minutes on the sidelines for matches of eight, 15 and 25 minutes played per half respectively.

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