Yellow and red cards to be issued to managers from 2018/19 maybe Referees should be next?

From the start of the 2018/19 season, yellow and red cards will be issued by match officials for misconduct committed during English Football League fixtures and cup competitions.

This follows a review by the English game’s stakeholders established in 2015 that sets out the behaviours expected of occupants of the technical area and establishes how the match officials will implement the Code.

In the following EFL competitions:

  • Sky Bet EFL
  • Carabao Cup
  • Check trade Trophy

Stage 1 Warning

Activities considered to be irresponsible the Match Referee has the authority to issue a formal warning to the individual concerned.

Irresponsible behaviour includes but is not limited to:

  • Inappropriate language and / or gestures towards the match officials
  • Kicking or throwing water bottles, coats
  • Sarcastic clapping and / or other gestures
  • Entering the opponents’ technical area in an inappropriate manner
  • Gesturing waving an imaginary yellow / red card

The formal warnings are reported to The FA using the same process as player cautions and dismissals.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “We’re trying to let fans know what is going on. If a manager or member of staff acts in a way the officials deem unacceptable, they will be able to show a red or yellow card — the same way we see with players on the pitch.”

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