What is the limit for yellow cards in the Premier League and who is closest to a ban?


As the Premier League enters the international break, most managers and supporters are hopeful that none of their players in service with their respective nations suffer injury.

Another pressing concern, however, is which players are at risk of being suspended for exceeding the yellow card quota.

Below, The Athletic takes a look at the Premier League’s booking suspension system and which players are most at risk of missing games after the international break.

How many yellow cards does a player need in the Premier League to get banned?

Under Premier League rules, any player who gets five bookings in their team’s first 19 Premier League matches will serve a one-match ban in the same competition. Therefore, yellow cards do not carry over to the Carabao Cup or the FA Cup.

Players who accumulate 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches, up to and including their team’s 32nd game, will serve a two-match suspension in the competition.

Which players are closest to being banned from picking up yellow cards?

Fulham’s Joao Palhinha will be the first Premier League player to serve a one-match ban this season.

The midfielder, who joined Craven Cottage from Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth 20m euros (£18m; $19.3m) in the summer, landed his fifth booking in his side’s thrilling 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on September 16.

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