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Platini open to sin-bin use

UEFA president Michel Platini is open to the idea of using rugby-style sin-bins in football, according to reports in Spain.

Under the present rules, players receive a ban after they have been shown five yellow cards - but Platini feels that the introduction of sin-bins would fittingly recompense the team against which the offence had been committed.

According to Spanish sports daily newspaper AS, the 58-year-old Frenchman said: "I would change the system of warnings. I would make it like rugby, punishing the offender with 10 or 15 minutes out of the game.

"That way, the benefit goes to the team he is playing against, in the same match, instead of a sanction by cards which is carried out against a third team, the next on the calendar.

"It is an idea. Now it needs to mature and see if it really is good for the game. It is a proposal to be explored."

Platini, a former World Player of the Year, also offered his thoughts on red cards shown to goalkeepers who have conceded a penaty.

He said: "It seems excessive. The penalty is itself already a punishment enough.

"I think it's something that everyone in FIFA and UEFA agree on, but one or two of the countries that make up the International Board are unwilling to change."