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Red Card



The playing-card sized card held up by the referee to signal that a player has been sent from the field. The player’s team must play the remainder of the match with 10 men.

A red card can be given for:

  • Serious foul play (a violent foul)
  • Violent conduct (any other act of violence)
  • Spitting at anyone
  • A deliberate handling offense to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by any player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area
  • Committing a professional foul - an offence that denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity
  • Using offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures
  • Receiving a second yellow card in one match

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