FIFA has criticized stories that are “incorrect and premature” about the introduction of blue cards into elite football competitions right away.
The International Football Association Board (Ifab) approved the trials, according to reports that surfaced on Friday. An official statement was scheduled for this Friday.
It would mark the first time a new football card has been used since the 1970 World Cup, when the traditional yellow and red cards were originally deployed.
FIFA has since issued a statement outlining its goals, though, in response to the plans’ instant criticism.
The world football governing body downplayed the chance of their introduction to top football in the near future.
“FIFA wishes to clarify that reports of the so-called ‘blue card’ at elite levels of football are incorrect and premature,” the statement partly read.
“Any such trials, if implemented, should be limited to testing in a responsible manner at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item is discussed at the IFAB AGM on 2 March.”