It’s a feeling every player dreads; find out if you have been eliminated from the finals or semi-finals of a major tournament.
Fortunately for those competing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – and for fans who enjoy watching the best players go toe-to-toe – according to FIFA rules, no player can be suspended for the finals this time around.
However, two bookings or red cards in the knockout rounds will definitely result in elimination from the semi-finals.
Sporting News keeps track of the yellow card rules and the players who will miss the semi-finals in Qatar.
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How do the World Cup stoppage rules work?
The FIFA 2022 World Cup yellow card rules have changed slightly to prevent FIFA from missing a player in the final due to suspension. All restrictions will be removed after the quarter finals.
However, under FIFA’s 2022 tournament rules, players may miss out on the semi-finals if they receive their second yellow card of the tournament in the quarter-finals.
Players who receive a red card in the quarter-final match may be disqualified from the semi-final match.
With all yellows removed after the group stages, only 23 players – including, surprisingly, not a single England player – were booked in the knockout stages through the four quarters and therefore risked.
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Which players are likely to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup?
Several stars were booked by Premier League referee Michael Oliver during Croatia’s clash with Brazil. Bruno Petkovic, Marcelo Brozovic, Marquinhos, Danilo and Casemiro were shown yellow cards.
With Croatia finishing in the bottom four on penalties, of course only their players can be sent off, but Brozovic and Petkovic have not been booked before.
The following players are booked for the last two quarter-finals:
Morocco – Sofyan Amrabat, Roman Saiss, Abdelhamid Sabiri
Portugal – Joao Felix, Ruben Diaz, Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Neves, Danilo Pereira
France – Jules Kunde, Aurelien Tchouameny
He was banned from participating in the semi-finals of the World Cup
There were no bookings against Croatia and Brazil, meaning none of their players will feature in the semi-finals.
Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel were both booked in Argentina’s win over the Netherlands, missing out on the semi-finals.
Portugal and Morocco, followed by England and France.
- Argentina – Marcos Acuna
- Argentina – Gonzalo Montiel