How Many Games Do You Miss With a Red Card?

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By Monica Bates

A red card is the ultimate punishment in football. It is given to a player by the referee for committing a serious foul or for unsporting behavior.

A player who receives a red card is immediately sent off the pitch and cannot participate in the rest of the game. But how many games does a player miss with a red card?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, such as the severity of the offense, the competition rules, and the discretion of disciplinary authorities. Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors.

Severity of Offense: The severity of an offense determines whether or not additional sanctions will be imposed on top of missing one game. For example, if a player commits a serious foul that endangers an opponent’s safety, they may receive an additional ban from playing for several games or even months.

Competition Rules: The competition rules determine how many games a player will miss after receiving a red card. In most leagues and competitions, a straight red card results in an automatic one-game suspension. However, if the red card was given for violent conduct or serious foul play, then the suspension may be extended to two or three games.

Domestic Competitions:

In domestic competitions such as Premier League and La Liga, when a player receives two yellow cards in one game resulting in a red card (also known as ‘two bookings’), they are typically suspended for one game only.

If however, they receive straight red cards due to violent conduct or serious foul play then they can face longer suspensions depending upon their previous disciplinary record.

Premier League:

In Premier League if someone receives straight Red Card then it is mandatory to serve 1 match ban except for cases where it is found that it was wrongly awarded and hence overturned by FA later on. For example:
– If someone gets Red Card in Match week 1, they will miss the next match week i.e.

match week 2. – If someone gets Red Card in Match week 38, they will miss the first game of next season i. Match week 1 of next season.

La Liga:

Similar to Premier League, if a player receives a straight red card in La Liga, they are suspended for one game without any possibility of appeal unless it is found to be wrongly awarded.

UEFA Competitions:

In UEFA competitions such as Champions League and Europa League, the rules are slightly different. A player who receives a red card in the first leg of a knockout tie is automatically suspended for the second leg. However, if the red card is given in the second leg or in a group stage game, then the suspension applies to the next UEFA club competition match.

  • For Example:
  • If someone gets Red Card in Champions League Semi Final Leg-1 then he will be banned from playing Leg-2 only.
  • If someone gets Red Card in Champions League Group Stage Match-Day 1 then he will be banned from playing Match-Day 2 only.

Discretion of Disciplinary Authorities: In certain cases, disciplinary authorities may impose longer or shorter suspensions than those prescribed by competition rules. This can happen if they believe that the offense was particularly serious or not serious enough to warrant a lengthy suspension.

In conclusion, how many games a player misses with a red card depends on various factors such as severity of offense, competition rules and discretion of disciplinary authorities. Generally speaking, however, a straight red card results in an automatic one-game suspension across most leagues and competitions.