The 2023/24 Premier League season has included some rule changes to clamp down on deliberate time-wasting and foul play across the English top flight.
As part of the updated rules, referees will take a zero-tolerance approach towards blatant attempts by players to waste time and disrupt the flow of matches, including the cynical delaying of opposition free-kicks.
This has seen a rise in yellow and reds cards since the start of the campaign, as referees look to invoke the new rules with firmness and increase the amount of added time at the end of games as a result.
Yellow and red cards could rise as a result of the new changes and The Sporting News looks at how Premier League suspension rules work and who has been given the most yellow and red cards this season.
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Standard in-game rules remain the same in Premier League action, with two yellow cards in a match equalling a red, and an immediate player dismissal.
A sending off for two yellow cards will mean an instant one-game Premier League ban, with a straight red card incurring a three-game ban, which can be increased or decreased in certain scenarios where violent conduct is involved.
Suspension rules are also in place for yellow card accumulation throughout a season. Players will be suspended for one game if they receive five yellow cards inside the first 19 games of the season. If 10 yellow cards are picked up before/including the 32nd game of the season, a player will be banned for two further matches.
Nicolas Jackson collected his sixth booking of the season before scoring a late hat-trick to seal Chelsea’s 4-1 win over nine-man Tottenham. He scored, and was booked again, in the draw with Man City.
That puts one ahead of with Emerson Palmieri and Anthony Gordon as the most booked player in the division.
So far this season, it’s Wolves who have received the most yellow cards (39). Leeds United (2021/22) hold the record for Premier League bookings in one season (96).
Below are the players who have collected the most yellow cards so far through the Premier League season.
Data correct as of Sunday, November 12.
For Premier League red cards, the type of sending-off determines the length of suspension.
A three-match suspension is triggered when players are sent off for violent conduct or dangerous fouls, while a one-match suspension is triggered for being sent off for a second yellow card or a last-man foul.
The FA can also review incidents and tack on additional suspension time as well at its discretion, such as when Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool was handed an additional one-match suspension for referee abuse after picking up a second yellow card.
Data correct as of Sunday, November 12. Includes red cards which were later rescinded upon post-match review.
Under matches suspended, the first number indicates the required matches suspended for the red card shown, plus additional matches in parenthesis for add-on punishments.
* Player saw a red card rescinded by league review after the match, leading to the removal of any potential suspension.
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