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Pink card set to be used in Copa America 2024? Everything you need to know

Published at :May 24, 2024 at 10:06 PM
Modified at :May 24, 2024 at 10:06 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


The card will be utilised if a player suffers a head injury

In addition to the yellow and red cards, CONMEBOL has stated that match officials in the 2024 Copa America will also use pink cards. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has made a ground-breaking decision to improve player safety by requiring the usage of pink cards for the forthcoming continental competition.

By establishing a precise procedure for concussion replacements, this ground-breaking solution seeks to address the grave problem of head injuries and concussions in football.

In addition to the customary yellow and red cards, referees for this summer’s Copa America—which is set to take place in the United States from June 20 to July 14—will be carrying pink cards.

The pink card indicates that a player has to be replaced because of a possible head injury or migraine. In an effort to emphasise player health and safety, CONMEBOL approved this new regulation prior to the competition.

It permits the introduction of a sixth substitution during games in the event that a player is thought to be experiencing a concussion. The chief referee or the fourth official must be notified by the team’s coach, according to CONMEBOL, and they will then display the pink card to signal the alteration.

In order to keep the game fair, the other team will also be allowed one more replacement. This implies that in the event that a player has a head injury, both sides may profit from an additional substitution.

A statement from CONMEBOL read: “The CONMEBOL Directorate of Competitions and Operations announced that, to the five changes per team authorised by the regulations, a potential sixth will be added to take care of the health of the footballers.

This is an extra substitution in the event of suspected head trauma and concussion. To do so, the main referee or the fourth referee must be informed and a pink card will be used.”

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