Football: Sensitive refs can end triple punishment debate, says Blatter
(REUTERS) - The long-running debate over the so-called triple punishment could be ended if referees used more intuition and sensitivity, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.
Coaches have long complained that the "triple punishment", where a player gives away a penalty, is sent off and then has to serve a one-match suspension, is too harsh and completely changes the course of the game.
It is due to be discussed by soccer's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), at its next meeting on Feb 28. The Ifab has pondered changes in the past without finding an ideal solution.
However, Blatter said in his column in Fifa's weekly magazine that referees were often too quick to show the red card to players who gave away penalties.