World Cup 2022: What are the rules on yellow and red cards, and who is suspended?

Wayne Hennessey of Wales is sent off by referee Mario Escobar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and IR Iran at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 25, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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With the World Cup 2022 lasting no more than seven games for any team, players have had to watch their discipline from the start of the tournament.

Unlike in a league campaign, it doesn't take all that much to earn yourself a ban for yellow or red cards at the World Cup.

To help you keep track, FourFourTwo has taken a look at FIFA's rule book and made a note of who's already having to sit out their country's next outing...

What are the rules around yellow and red cards at the World Cup 2022?

Unlike certain other aspects of this World Cup (we're looking at YOU, semi-automated offside technology), the rules around yellow and red cards are fairly straightforward.

If a player is booked in two separate group matches, they'll be suspended for their team's next game (whether that's a group clash or knockout tie). The same goes of if they're sent off.

After the quarter-finals, the card count of every player still in the tournament is wiped, so they start the semi-finals with a clean slate – meaning only a sending off would rule them out of the final / third place play-off.

Which players are suspended?

Three players are suspended for the semi-finals.

Argentina stars, Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel, both picked up bookings and will miss the final four clash against Croatia. 

Morocco will be without striker Walid Cheddira, meanwhile. Cheddira was booked twice within minutes after coming on as a substitute against Portugal.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...