2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

2018 FIFA World Cup™ 

A disciplinary reminder for Russia 2018

A player is shown a yellow card by Referee Joel Aguilar
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As we approach the final decisive matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ group stage, a number of players will have to exercise some caution. With some having already received a yellow card, another could mean suspension for the knockout stages. 

But what exactly are these disciplinary regulations? And how are they enforced? We quickly run you through the relevant information - which could come in handy for players as well as fans!

  • ​If a player receives two cautions during two different matches, he will automatically be suspended from his team’s following match
  • However, any single yellow cards received during the tournament will be annulled - in terms of potentially counting towards a suspension for games during Russia 2018 - after the quarter-final stage
  • If a player is sent off as a result of a direct or indirect red card, he will automatically be suspended from his team’s following match. In addition, further sanctions (i.e. additional suspensions, fine, etc.) may be imposed.
  • In accordance with art. 38 par. 2 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, any suspension (as a result of a direct or indirect red card) that cannot be served during this competition will be carried over to the representative team’s subsequent official match.

For more information, please refer to the Regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

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