Previous
Toulouse
Lens
0
2
FT
Game Details
Werder Bremen
FC Cologne
0
1
FT
Game Details
Aberdeen
Motherwell
1
0
FT
Game Details
Fulham
Charlton Athletic
3
0
FT
Game Details
Celta Vigo
Levante
3
0
FT
Game Details
Brisbane Roar
Sydney FC
0
2
FT
Game Details
Next
Jul 17, 2014

UEFA changes yellow-card rules

UEFA has made it harder for players to be suspended for the Champions League and Europa League finals after changing the rules on yellow cards.

Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso missed last season's victorious showpiece in Lisbon after picking up a third caution of the campaign in the semifinal against Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard joined an exclusive club of players who missed the final after picking up a booking in the last-four with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes suffering a similar fate in 1999.

The situation came to a head when Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles of Chelsea and David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luis Gustavo of Bayern all missed the 2012 final and now the European governing body has announced that all yellow cards will be wiped off after the quarterfinals.

"Following a recommendation by the UEFA Club Competitions Committee -- in order to implement in UEFA club competitions a rule which is already in force in the UEFA European Football Championship -- the Emergency Panel decided that, as of this season, all yellow cards from the beginning of the group stage will expire on completion of the quarterfinals," read a statement.

"Bookings will therefore not be carried forward to the semifinals."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.