Football Notes: FA To Introduce Sin Bins Across 32 Grassroots Leagues In '17-18
The FA announced English football will "trial temporary dismissals," also known as sin bins, across 32 grassroots leagues in the '17-18 season. The sin bins will apply to "selected divisions" in England's Step Seven -- the lowest tier of the National League system -- and the leagues below. The FA chose to "focus on dissent," which amounted to a quarter of all yellow cards last season (REUTERS, 7/14).
Former Chilean FA President Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who assessed bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, "had his ban from football cut to two years." Mayne-Nicholls was one of five senior officials FIFA said "were being investigated." He has served the suspension because the initial seven-year ban was issued in '15 (BBC, 7/14).
CONCACAF announced the opening of a new office in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In '17, the confederation is tripling its investment in tournaments held in Central America compared to previous years (BOX SCORE NEWS, 7/13).
Eight people died and at least 49 are injured "after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal." It happened at Demba Diop stadium in Dakar at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam. Fighting started between rival fans and "police responded by using tear gas, which led to panic, a stampede, and the wall collapse" (BBC, 7/16).