Football law-making body Ifab will consider changing the yellow card rule to include a sin-bin penalty when it convenes for its annual meeting in March.
The alteration would represent a drastic shift in the sport’s current book of laws after already being tested in some amateur competitions and lower-level development tournaments already.
Amateur and youth competitions would be the first to adopt the law change in the event Ifab approves the switch before it could then take “two to three years” for the change to be implemented at the professional level, according to BBC Sport.
“Fairness” was outlined as one of the main motivations behind the proposed rule change, which would also hope to see communication between match officials and players improve as the captain’s role in speaking to referees is emphasised.
Three-time Ballon d’Or-winner and FIFA chief technical officer Marco van Basten has previously suggested only the captain should be able to talk to the referee in a bid to beat dissent.