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Germany football federation to test 'sin bin' penalty for second yellow card

A new pilot project in Germany would see a second yellow card result in a temporary sending off.

The German football federation will test a new "sin bin" sanction for a second yellow card rather than sending a player off with a red card.

The federation said Friday it was agreeing to a request from its local division in the central state of Hesse to test the measure as a pilot project. The test phase will start next season at district league level -- the eighth tier and below -- for both men and women.

Under the measure, a player with a yellow card will be sent off for a specific time only...

Euro 2020 way-too-early preview: Assessing England, Portugal, VAR and more with 100 days to go

With just 100 days until Euro 2020, The Exploding Heads mark the occasion with an Olympic style torch running.
Euro 2020 has the potential to be a stunning summer of soccer.

We're officially 100 days away from the opening game of Euro 2020 -- watch every game LIVE in the U.S. on ESPN networks from June 12 - July 12 -- and let's face it, it's never too early to look at the big teams and the big questions as they continue their preparations for what should be a superb summer of soccer.

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There are still four spots up for grabs in the playoffs at the end of...

Kai Havertz is Bayer Leverkusen, Germany's next big thing, but he's destined for much bigger

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Havertz is only 20 and appears set to star for Germany at this summer's Euros as well as secure the next big move in an already-impressive career.

COLOGNE -- It's winter along the Rhine, nearly the shortest day of the year. Morning light fills the living room of a spacious apartment in the Sudstadt, Cologne's most vibrant neighborhood. With breakfast finished, Kai Havertz pulls out the piano bench. He sits to play.

His repertoire, built over the past two years, includes pop and jazz standards. Today he chooses a classical piece, Yann Tiersen's Comptine d'un Autre ete: L'Apres Midi. He has been learning it the past few weeks. To improve,...