By Ewan Murray
Officiating in the Champions League has often been harsher than in Europe’s domestic leagues.
Yellow and red cards are apparently much more common as refereeing discretion is often replaced with strict enforcement of the law at all times. This results in many more players receiving suspensions, with UEFA rules differing from those of national leagues.
Here is the complete report of bookings, expulsions and suspensions in the 2023/24 Champions League.
Explanation of the yellow card, red card and suspension rules
In the Champions League, a player must receive three yellow cards, of which none have resulted in a red card, to be suspended. This suspension lasts for one match, the same length of time as any individual red card, although UEFA may extend the ban for a red card offense in extraordinary circumstances.
After receiving three yellow cards, “any subsequent odd warning” (fifth, seventh, ninth etc.) will result in another suspension.
All yellow cards and suspensions are canceled at the quarter-final stage, meaning a player could only miss the Champions League final in the rare case of being sent off in the semi-final second leg.
Suspended: Antonio Silva (Inter-Benfica – 03/10/23)
Suspended: Gustaf Lagerbielke (Celtic-Lazio – 04/10/23)
Suspended: Odin Thiago Holm (Celtic-Lazio – 04/10/23)
Suspended: Elias Jelert (Copenhagen vs Bayern Munich – 03/10/23)
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This article was originally published on 90min.com as Warnings, red cards and suspension list for the 2023/24 Champions League.