Crawley Town and former Swindon Town manager Scott Lindsey has stated that an emergency meeting is required to discuss the new measures brought in by the FA when speaking to SussexWorld in the press.
The FA have introduced new measures this season to reduce dissent, applying to both players, management and backroom staff – even condoning an automatic yellow card if there is more than one coach in the technical area, as well as punishment for leaving the technical area.
Additionally, the FA have also introduced other measures involving stoppage time and “physical challenges”. With games now expected to run into double digits for extra time consistently amid concerns over statistics of how little the ball is in play across 90 minutes.
Therefore, The FA have encouraged match officials to add more time for goal celebrations, goal kicks, bookings and any other match interruption. This system is similar to the one we saw implemented in the 2022 Qatar World Cup, where large amounts of stoppage time were a regular occurrence.
The Red Devil’s boss believes the newly introduced measures are “too much” after being shown his third yellow card of the season during Crawley’s 1-1 draw away at Salford City last Saturday for what was believed to be dissent.
Managers and players across the EFL have expressed their opinions on the new state of play. Exeter City manager Gary Caldwell has previously called out the new rules after managerial bookings being administered in Exeter’s two opening fixtures against Wycombe Wanderers and Crawley Town.
Last week, Caldwell called for more common sense to be implemented within these rule changes telling Devon Live:
“We are currently looking into how many bookings it will take for a manager to miss a game because we feel this could come in very quickly
“… I feel for the fourth officials because they are only doing their job, but I feel common sense will prevail in the coming weeks”
What has been said?
Lindsey told SussexWorld:
“I have been a professional coach since 2009, before this season I think I have only ever been booked once, and now I have been yellow carded three times in a row
“I have not changed, I haven’t got any worse, if anything I have probably got better over my years.”
Many managers, players and fans alike will be disappointed with the new measures in place for the season. I believe that Lindsey is right to call for a meeting,
His three bookings will hurt especially considering the Crawley boss stated that he has only received one booking in his fourteen years as a coach.
Reconsiderations need to be taken before touchline bans become a regular occurrence within the sport.