Managers to be Issued With Yellow and Red Cards

  • July 31, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Football managers will be shown yellow and red cards this season, as part of trials that are to be introduced within the EFL and National League.

Under existing rules, referees have the authority to banish non-playing personnel to the stands but the changes, designed by The International FA Board (IFAB), will allow officials to show cards in the same way they have to players for decades.

Managers accumulating four yellow cards in a campaign will be subjected to a one-match ban, while The FA and EFL will retain authority to extend touchline or stadium suspensions in more severe cases.

The new rules will also apply to the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, while it is understood they will be followed as part of this season's FA Cup competition.

Writing for the Daily Mail, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg said the introduction of cards for managers will 'improve transparency' within the game.

"Referees already have the power to dismiss managers or warn them, but the trial of using red and yellow cards will improve transparency - everyone in the stadium or watching at home will know exactly what is happening.

"Given the pressure of being a manager and the emotions it provokes during a game, I'm not sure this will act as a major deterrent. Players, for example, still protest to referees and put pressure on them, even though they can be cautioned for dissent.

"But it will be very interesting to note the results - especially if managers start being nice and show more respect to referees all of a sudden!

Yellow Card Offences

- Throwing or kicking drinks bottles/other objects
- Gestures disrespecting officials, such as clapping
- Provocative, derisory or inflammatory gestures
- Gesturing for cards to be shown, or VAR to be used
- Repeatedly leaving the technical area around the dug-out
- Entering the opponents' technical area
- Time-wasting

Red Card Offences

- Receiving a second yellow card
- Violent conduct
- Physical or aggressive behaviour
- Spitting
- Entering the field to confront officials
- Interfering with play on the pitch
- Deliberately throwing or kicking objects on to the pitch
- Stopping the opposition restarting play
- Using unauthorised electronic equipment

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