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Sins bins being trialled by FA

February 14, 2014
By ESPN staff

The Football Association is trialling the use of sin bins and general secretary Alex Horne is keen on making more radical moves to aid match officials.

Alex Horne
PA PhotosAlex Horne wants to trial new methods to help referees punish offenders in-game

Instant judgements on obvious divers and immediate video replays to help referees with contentious decisions are areas Horne would like to see progress on.

But the game's governing body has already started looking at the use of sin bins in an under-16 tournament at St George's Park, the National Football Centre at Burton upon Trent.

Players spend 10 minutes on the sidelines for every yellow card and Horne told The Times: "We should be testing these things to see if they work or not.

"Otherwise it's just blokes in suits sitting in a room saying yes or no to stuff we've never tried."

Another trial, in Holland, is testing the use of instant video replays and Horne is monitoring it with interest.

He says he is also using England's permanent seat on the International Football Association Board, Fifa's rule-making body, to push for more pilot schemes.

But diving is clearly a problem the FA would like to tackle. "Where there has been no contact and it's pure simulation, it feels there is a clear line and we should be looking at that more," Horne said.

"To do it in real time is going to take a while. It's taken 15 years to get goalline technology."

But Horne's hopes of a more radical approach from the FA do not stop with rule changes. In running the body which owns Wembley, he is also interested in having an American football franchise based there.

The stadium already hosts NFL games but Horne wants them to become a permanent part of the calendar - and insists the previous plagued pitch could handle it.

"The damage to the pitch is not so big with Desso turf, the plastic stitching," he continued.

"It's football's home, England's home first and foremost. [But] if we could find another tenant that fitted in and worked, I would go for it. We owe it to ourselves to see if it can work.

"Then we can get the Super Bowl," he said. "You don't rule anything out."

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