Jul 4, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Portland Timbers defender/midfielder Jorge Villafana (19) was given a yellow card on a foul on Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) in the second half of the game at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

UEFA changes yellow card suspension rule in European competition

Last season there was some backlash regarding the yellow card policy in European tournaments. Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missed the final because he picked up a third yellow card in the semifinals agains Bayern Munich.

That isn’t event the worst tale in 2012, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles of Chelsea and David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luis Gustavo of Bayern Munich all missed the final on a yellow card suspension.

So UEFA has acted and changed the rule, which will wipe the slates clean on yellow cards after the quarterfinals. That means if your team makes it to the semifinal of the tournament, they get a clean slate to start over with.

“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 quarter-finals,” read a statement, via Sky Sports.

“Bookings will therefore not be carried forward to the semi-finals.”

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