Championship star wants new rule where players can have ’15 second tear up’

A Championship star reckons the introduction of 10-15 second tear-up fights between players like in ice hockey will lessen the amount of 'handbags' in football matches.

In ice hockey, players are allowed to iron out any grievances during a brief tussle, followed by a five-minute sin bin to cool down, before getting reintroduced back to the rink. And Wigan star James McClean thinks football's top brass should consider following suit in order to reduce the amount of hissy fits thrown by players in matches.

The winger mused on Instagram: "Just an observation… if football introduced the rule like in ice hockey where if there is on field issue then let two players involved have a 10/15 second tear up and then sin bin them, I guarantee there'd be far less handbags."

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It's not the first time McClean's used social media to post his bizarre views. In 2020, whilst playing for Stoke City, he was fined by the club and promised to stay off Instagram after posting a crude picture of himself sitting in front of his two children in a black paramilitary-style balaclava, with the caption: "Today's history lesson," during the Covid lockdown.

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However, McClean's controversial solution may have come in handy during Man United's melee with Crystal Palace that resulted in Casemiro getting sent off for his role in the brawl.

And players in Brazil could've done with a cool-down period when stars from Athletico Paranaense and Coritiba clashed in a match that saw eight red cards brandished as kicks and puches were thrown by either side.

One player who can provide a perfect view on if ice hockey's rules will work in football is ex-Chelsea stopper Petr Cech who's excelled in both sports. The Blues legend realised his childhood dream when he became a hockey star for Guildford Phoenix in October 2019, and he admitted that playing on ice was "more fun" than his time on the grass.

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