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Do in-game yellow cards carry over into penalty shoot-outs?: Rule explained

Published at :April 19, 2024 at 6:09 PM
Modified at :April 19, 2024 at 6:09 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Emiliano Martinez received a yellow card for Aston Villa in UEFA Europa Conference League

Emiliano Martinez was the centre of attention once more when he stunned the French team with his exploits in a shootout for a penalty. However, there was also some controversy surrounding Martinez’s survival after the referee gave him a second yellow card during the shootout versus Lille.

The Argentina goalie, who turned to “dark arts” with his theatrics to fend off the other team in the Qatar final, was the breakout player in the penalty shootout against France during the World Cup final a year ago.

Martinez’s actions were obviously still fresh in the minds of Lille supporters, who jeered the custodian during the second leg of the Europa Conference League quarterfinal.

Emiliano Martinez received a booking for wasting time during the first half as Aston Villa attempted to hold onto their lead from the first game, 2-1.

Martinez proved to be pivotal once more as the match reached penalties after it finished 3-3 overall. This time, he saved penalties from Nabil Bentaleb and Benjamin Andre, helping Villa win 4-3 and advance as the only English team in Europe this week.

Midway through the shootout, Martinez turned to face the Lille supporters and shushed them, which confused them. The referee then booked Martinez.

Martinez was stunned when the referee showed him a yellow card instead of a red one, as he had assumed he would be sent off.

Emiliano Martinez was able to continue because of a rule that was only implemented four years ago, which states that bookings do not carry over into the shootout.

Legislators wanted to prevent a scenario in which a goalie may be sent off for a first offence but could still face consequences for committing the same infraction twice, so they devised a rule to crack down on goalies moving off their line to save penalties.

The rule change stated: “Yellow cards for all players are not carried forward into a penalty shootout.

“If a player receives a yellow card in both the match and the penalty shootout, this should be recorded as two yellow cards, not as a red card.”

“It has been a hell of a ride all of my career. I am a believer and a hard worker and it was my destiny today,” Martinez said on TNT Sports.

“I always say in all my career, I owe my team-mates in those moments, even when we were watching Real Madrid last night the manager was saying we might go to penalties and in those moments I own my box.”

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