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Tommy Smith: Adopt rug by rules.

Byline: Tommy Smith

THANKS to the Rugby Union World Cup and the Rugby League Ashes series, we'regetting plenty of chances to see how valuable the eye in the sky is to sport.

I'm a firm believer that football should copy the example of rug by and employ the cameras to decide on things like controversial penalties and other marginal decisions.

But there's another aspect of rug by which soccer could introduce. Sin bins.

There are plenty of occasions when a player gets a yellow card for a genuinely mistimed or sloppy tackle early on in a game, then commits a nastier one which earns a second yellow card and a sending-off.

Often the fact he is sent off is pretty harsh and it can ruin the game as a spectacle for the fans.

If football copied rug by then we could start sending offenders off for 10 or 15minutes. It would make that period of the game pretty interesting stuff as the team with the extra man tries to press home the advantage while they'vegot it.

I doubt that either of these ideas will be copied in the near future. But they should be.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2003
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