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FA and UEFA suspension rules for yellow and red cards

Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:13 pm

I thought it about time (and so that I don’t have to trawl back through the archives everytime an issue arises with yellows and reds :P ) that the FA and UEFA rules concerning cards was somewhere prominent for all to see.

All suspensions only apply for First Team Competitive Matches. (First Team Competitive Matches are matches in the following competitions: FA Challenge Cup, FA Challenge Trophy, FA Premier League, Football League, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy and the Football Conference.And therefore DOESN'T include any European matches.)

In a nut-shell the rules are as follows:

5 yellows between the opening day of the season and the 31st December = 1 match ban

5 yellows between the opening day and the last day of the season = player warned as to his future conduct.

10 yellows between first and last day of the season = 2 match ban + player being severely censured and warned as to his future conduct

10 yellows between first day of the season and second Sunday in April= 2 match ban

15 yellows between first and last day of the season= 3 match ban

20 yellows = player has to attend a meeting of a Regulatory Commission. Members of the Commission will have the power to deal with the player in such manner they deem fit. The same will apply for any further five cautions recorded against the player.

For 2 yellows in one match=1 match ban

All suspensions come into affect with immediate affect.


There isn’t a set suspension for red cards but it is determined by the offence for which the red card was shown. Therefore:

IF for denying a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity by physical means or handling the ball = 1 match ban

IF for using offensive, insulting or abusive language/gestures = 2 matches

IF for violent conduct, serious foul play or spitting at opponent or any other person = 3 matches

All suspensions for red cards come into affect immediately.

This information came from the FA website but I have edited it to make it a little clearer, as in the DISCIPLINERY PROCEDURES CONCERNING FIELD OFFENCES it is a little long winded!


And these are the REGULATIONS OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Article 21
Yellow and red cards

21.01 As a rule, a player who is sent off the field of play is suspended for the next match in a UEFA club competition. The Control and Disciplinary Body is entitled to augment this punishment. For serious offences the punishment can be extended to all UEFA competition categories.
21.02 In case of repeated cautions, a player is suspended for the next competition match:
a) after two cautions in two different qualifying matches, as well as after the fourth caution during the qualifying phase;
b) from the first match in the group stage, after three cautions in three different matches, as well as following any subsequent odd-numbered caution (fifth, seventh, ninth, etc.).
21.03 Single yellow cards and pending suspensions are always carried forward either to the next stage of the competition or to another club competition in the current season.
21.04 Exceptionally, single cautions from the qualifying phase that have not resulted in a suspension expire on completion of the qualifying phase in question.
21.05 Cautions and pending yellow-card suspensions from club competition matches expire at the end of the season.
Last edited by MobileNanny on Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Some procedures changed from September 2009


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Re: FA and UEFA suspension rules for yellow and red cards

Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:46 pm

Please note that the FA changed some of the regulations in September 2009-and therefore the post above has been edited to reflect these changes.
These changes are:
a) The date of December 31st-this was previously the last day of February.

b) All yellow card suspensions now come into affect immediately-before there was a wait of seven days before the suspension began.


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