Can Managers Get Yellow and Red Cards? [RULES EXPLAINED]

Football truly is The Beautiful Game. Well, except for when it’s not. Unfortunately, players can’t be cautioned for playing horrible passes and medieval football. But they can be cautioned for a laundry list of offences.

And for those truly naughty and antisocial behaviours, they can be sent straight off the pitch. Not to mention they are fined for any bookings they receive. 

It used to be that football managers were relatively safe from being disciplined. But this isn’t the case in the Premier League anymore.  

Can Football Managers Get Yellow Cards?

In the Premier League, managers can get yellow cards from match officials. Referees can hand managers a yellow card for a variety of reasons. If they receive a second yellow in the same game, they will be asked to leave the technical area.

Managers can be given a yellow card for the following stage 1 offences:

  • Clearly/persistently not respecting the confines of their team’s technical area
  • Delaying the restart of play by their team
  • Deliberately entering the technical area of the opposing team (non-confrontational)
  • Inappropriate language or gestures towards officials
  • Kicking or throwing water bottles
  • Sarcastic clapping
  • Waving imaginary cards
  • Dissent  

What Happens if a Manager Gets Booked?

If a manager is cautioned by a match official they will need to be on their best behaviour. Like players, a second yellow will result in a sending off. Four yellow cards in the same season will result in a touchline ban and eight yellows will yield a two-match ban.  

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola has many Premier League records to his name. One of those he can be proud of is becoming the first manager in the Prem to receive a yellow card. Pep was cautioned in the Community Shield while his club faced off against Liverpool for screaming at a match official

Premier League Manager Yellow Card Rules 

Managers can be given a yellow card for the following infractions:

  • Clearly/persistently not respecting the confines of their team’s technical area
  • Delaying the restart of play by their team
  • Deliberately entering the technical area of the opposing team (non-confrontational)
  • Inappropriate language or gestures towards officials
  • Kicking of throwing water bottles
  • Sarcastic clapping
  • Waving imaginary cards
  • Dissent  

According to the rules of the game, managers will be held accountable for their backroom staff. This means an infraction by team assistants or coaches will result in the manager being cautioned. 

Can Managers Be Sent Off?

Managers can be sent off for or committing a “stage two offence”. Offences include violent conduct, spitting and stopping the opponent from restarting play. If the manager or any of their staff in the technical area commit one of these offences, they will be given a red card and sent to the stands.  

What Happens if a Manager Gets a Red Card? 

If a manager receives a red card, they will have to leave their technical area and head to the stands for the remainder of the match. 

Premier League Manager Red Card Rules

Managers can receive a red card and be sent off for committing a stage 2 offence. 

Stage 2 offences include the following:

  • Delaying the restart of play by the opposing team 
  • Deliberately leaving the technical area to show dissent towards or provoke
  • Enter the opposing technical area in an aggressive or confrontational manner
  • Deliberately throwing/kicking an object onto the field of play
  • Entering the video operation room (VOR)
  • Physical or aggressive behaviour 
  • Receiving a second caution in the same match
  • Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or action(s)
  • Using unauthorised electronic or communication equipment 
  • Violent conduct

If any staff commits one of these offences in the technical area or cannot be identified, then the manager will be given a red card and sent off.

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Kendon Carrera

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