Sin-bin could be introduced by Ifab

first_img0Shares0000Sin-bin plan to be looked at by football’s lawmaking body Ifab. PHOTO/BCC.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 1 – Sin-bins for yellow-card offences in football could be given the go-ahead as early as next month.Football’s law-making body Ifab will look at the proposal at its annual meeting in London in March. The measure has been tested in Uefa development competitions and some amateur leagues in recent years.If approved, sin-bins will come in at youth and amateur levels and could be introduced to the professional game within two to three years.Other proposals to be discussed at the meeting include allowing national associations more freedom to decide on the number of substitutions in a game.The move is intended to help the development of the game at lower levels, “by promoting and encouraging more people to take part,” the International Football Association Board agenda reads.There is also a line in the release about “fairness” and that “particular focus will be given to the role of the captain and how her/his responsibilities could be enhanced as part of a move to improve on-field discipline and create better communication between players and match officials”.This is likely to refer to a suggestion by Marco van Basten, the chief technical officer of governing body Fifa, that only the captain should be able to speak to the referee.Ifab is made up of Fifa and the four British home associations – the FAs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and is responsible for making the final decision on law changes.By BBC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed: Top eight clubs ranked by all-time Premier League winning streaks

first_img Joint 6. Everton won seven consecutive Premier League matches between March and April 2014 – Roberto Martinez oversaw a stunning seven match winning run for Everton in spring 2014, which took the club from seventh to fourth in the table. Sadly for fans of the Toffees, Everton then lost three of their next four matches to finish fifth. 8 Joint 6. Newcastle United won seven consecutive Premier League matches between September and October 1996 – Two decades ago Newcastle came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title, but their best winning streak in the division actually came the following season. With Alan Shearer alongside Les Ferdinand in attack, the Magpies blew away the opposition early on in the 1996/97 campaign, including a 5-0 thrashing of champions Man United to make it seven wins in a row. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, they won just one of their next nine matches, Kevin Keegan quit in January and they had to settle for a runners up place behind Man United again. 1. Arsenal won 14 consecutive Premier League matches between February and August 2002 – In top spot it’s Arsenal’s 2002 champions, who reeled off 13 wins in succession to storm to the title, taking their run to 14 victories in a row with opening day success in the following campaign. This run was part of a 30-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League which laid the foundations for the famous unbeaten season in 2003/04, and a record 49-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. At time of writing, Red Star Belgrade are on a run of 19 consecutive victories in the Serbian league, but how does that compare to the best runs in European club football?Here are the best winning streaks…1. Benfica won 29 games in a row in the Portuguese league between 1971-19732. Dinamo Zagreb won 28 games in a row in the Croatian league between 2006 and 20073. Celtic won 25 games in a row in the Scottish league between 2003 and 2004=. Dinamo Tirana won 25 games in a row in the Albanian league between 1951 and 19525. Malmo won 23 games in a row in the Swedish league between 1949 and 19506. PSV Eindhoven won 22 games in a row in the Dutch league between 1987 and 19887. Bayern Munich won 19 games in a row in the German league between 2013 and 2014 8 8 8. Tottenham Hotspur won six consecutive Premier League matches between October and December 2011 – find out which seven clubs can boast longer winning streaks in the Premier League era, just click the arrow above – Olympiakos’ 17-game winning streak in the Greek league came to an end last night with a draw against Platanias – the first time the Greek champions have dropped points since last May. In Serbia, meanwhile, Red Star Belgrade are on a run of 19 consecutive victories, as they eye up the longest winning streak of all-time in European domestic football (more information on that record can be found below). But how do the Premier League’s finest compare? England’s top division is a much more competitive affair than the Greek and Serbian leagues, and we’ve rounded up the top eight clubs ranked by winning streaks in the modern Premier League era. We start with Spurs, whose glorious team of Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart chalked up half a dozen Premier League victories on the spin in 2011. Joint 3. Liverpool won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between February and April 2014 – It seems a long time ago now, but in spring 2014 – while their near neighbours Everton were winning seven on the spin – Liverpool were charging towards the Premier League title, courtesy of a fantastic 11-game winning run. The Reds went from fourth to first, but no Kopite will need reminding that the run of wins wasn’t enough to see them over the line. 8 8 Joint 3. Chelsea won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between April and September 2009 – Chelsea’s 11 wins in a row spanned the 2008/09 season and the following campaign, with five wins in a row closing out the campaign under Guus Hiddink’s first spell as interim manager, then a further six victories to kick-start a double-winning season under Carlo Ancelotti. 8 Joint 3. Manchester City won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between April and September 2015 – City’s best winning run in the Premier League spans two seasons – the 2014/15 campaign and the start of the present season. While their six-match winning run last spring saw them finish runners up to Chelsea, five wins on the bounce in August and September 2015 helped get their title challenge off to a great start, although it remains to be seen if those 15 points will help them claim the title. 2. Manchester United won 12 consecutive Premier League matches between March and August 2000 – The Red Devils were completely dominant in the Premier League at the start of the millennium, and they ended the 1999/2000 season with 11 straight wins, including four victories after the title had been claimed. That gave them top spot by an astonishing 18 points ahead of runners up Arsenal, and they started the next season with another win to get the ball rolling for a third title in a row. While a draw in their second match of the 2000/01 season ended United’s winning streak, they still ended up clinching the Premier League title with five games to spare. 8 8last_img read more