How Many Games Do You Miss if You Get a Red Card in the World Cup?

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By Valerie Becker

Getting a red card in the World Cup can be a nightmare for any player. Not only does it mean that they have to leave the field immediately, but it also has some serious consequences for their team. In this article, we will discuss how many games a player misses if they get a red card during the World Cup.

What is a Red Card?

Before we delve into the topic, let’s first understand what a red card is in football. A red card is shown by the referee to a player who has committed a serious foul or misconduct on the field. When a player receives a red card, they must leave the field immediately and cannot be replaced by another player.

Immediate Consequences of Getting A Red Card

When a player gets sent off with a red card, they cannot continue playing in that match and their team must play with one less player for the remainder of that game. This puts the team at an immediate disadvantage as they have to cover more ground with fewer players.

Number of Games Missed Due to Red Card

The number of games missed by a player due to red card depends on various factors such as the severity of their offense and whether it was their first or second red card in that tournament.

If a player receives one red card during the group stage matches, they will be suspended for one game. This means that they will miss their team’s next match.

If a player receives two yellow cards or one straight red card during any of their team’s matches throughout the tournament (including group stage and knockout stages), they will also be suspended for one game.

If a player receives two yellow cards or one straight red card during both group stage matches and knockout stages, then they will miss two games.

If a player receives three yellow cards throughout the tournament (including group stage and knockout stages), then they will also miss one game.

Exceptions to the Rule

There are certain exceptions to the above-mentioned rules. If a player receives a straight red card for violent conduct or serious foul play, they may be suspended for more than one game. The FIFA disciplinary committee decides the suspension period based on the severity of the offense.

Conclusion

In conclusion, getting a red card can be a huge setback for any player and their team. The number of games missed due to a red card depends on various factors and can range from one to three games. It’s important for players to maintain their composure and avoid committing any serious fouls or misconduct on the field.