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Sanctions against foul play at UEFA Euro 2008 are in the first instance the responsibility of the referee, but when he deems it necessary to give a caution, or dismiss a player, UEFA keeps a record and may enforce a suspension. Referee decisions are generally seen as final. However, UEFA's disciplanary committee may additionally penalise players for offences unpunished by the referee.


Red cards

A player receiving a red card is automatically suspended for the next match. A longer suspension is possible if the UEFA disciplinary committee judges the offence as warranting it. In keeping with the FIFAmarker Disciplinary Code (FDC) and UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (UDR), UEFA does not allow for appeals of red cards except in the case of mistaken identity. The FDC further stipulates that if a player is sent off during his team's final Euro 2008 match, the suspension carries over to his team's next competitive international(s). For Euro 2008 these would be the qualification matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Any player who was suspended due to a red card that was earned in Euro 2008 qualifying is required to serve the balance of any suspension unserved by the end of qualifying either in the Euro 2008 finals (for any player on a team that qualified, whether he is selected to the final squad or not) or in World Cup qualifying (for players on teams that did not qualify). This provision affected Russian captain Andrei Arshavin who missed his team's first two group matches after getting sent off in Russia's final Euro 2008 qualifier.

Yellow cards

Any player receiving a single yellow card during two of the three group stage matches plus the quarter-final match is suspended for the next match. A single yellow card does not carry over to the semi-finals. This means that no player will be suspended for final unless he gets sent off in semi-final or he is serving a longer suspension for an earlier incident. Suspensions due to yellow cards will not carry over to the World Cup qualifiers. Yellow cards and any related suspensions earned in the Euro 2008 qualifiers are neither counted nor enforced in the final tournament.

In the event a player is sent off for two bookable offences, only the red card is counted for disciplinary purposes. However, in the event a player receives a direct red card after being booked in the same match, then both cards are counted. If the player was already facing a suspension for two tournament bookings when he was sent off, this would result in separate suspensions that would be served consecutively. The one match ban for the yellow cards would be served first unless the player's team is eliminated in the match in which he was sent off. If the player's team is eliminated in the match in which he was serving his ban for the yellow cards, then the ban for the sending off would be carried over to the World Cup qualifiers.

Additional punishment

For serious transgressions, a longer suspension may be handed down at the discretion of the UEFA disciplinary committee. The disciplinary committee is also charged with reviewing any incidents that were missed by the officials and can award administrative red cards and suspensions accordingly. However, just as appeals of red cards are not considered, the disciplinary committee is also not allowed to review transgressions that were already punished by the referee with something less than a red card. For example, if a player is booked but not sent off for a dangerous tackle, the disciplinary committee cannot subsequently deem the challenge to be violent conduct and then upgrade the card to a red. However, if the same player then spits at the opponent but is still not sent off, then the referee's report would be unlikely to mention this automatic red card offence. Video evidence of the spitting incident could then be independently reviewed.

Unlike the rules in many domestic competitions, there is no particular category of red card offence that automatically results in a multi-game suspension. In general however, extended bans are only assessed for red cards given for serious foul play, violent conduct, spitting or perhaps foul and abusive language. Also, unlike many sets of domestic rules second and subsequent red cards also do not automatically incur an extended ban, although a player's past disciplinary record (including prior competition) might be considered by the disciplinary committee when punishing him. As a rule, only automatic red card offenses are considered for longer bans. A player who gets sent off for picking up two yellow cards in the same match will not have his automatic one-match ban extended by UEFA on account of what he did to get the second booking, because the referee has deemed him as not to have committed an automatic red card offense.

If UEFA suspends a player after his team's elimination from the tournament, or for more games than the team ends up playing without him prior to the final or their elimination (whichever comes first), then the remaining suspension must be served during World Cup qualifying. For a particularly grave offence UEFA has the power to impose a lengthy ban against the offender.

By individual

Red cards

Three red cards were shown over the course of the tournament's 31 matches, an average of 0.097 red cards per match.

1 red card

Yellow cards

121 yellow cards were shown over the course of the tournament's 31 matches, an average of 3.90 yellow cards per match

2 yellow cards

1 yellow card

1 yellow card (cont.)

1 yellow card (cont.)

By referee

Referee Matches Red Yellow Red Cards
Ľuboš Micheľ 3 1 16 1 straight red
Peter Fröjdfeldt 3 1 16 1 straight red
Frank De Bleeckere 3 1 13 1 straight red
Roberto Rosetti 4 0 15
Howard Webb 2 0 10
Herbert Fandel 3 0 10
Konrad Plautz 2 0 8
Tom Henning Øvrebø 2 0 8
Manuel Mejuto González 2 0 7
Kyros Vassaras 2 0 6
Pieter Vink 2 0 6
Massimo Busacca 3 0 5

By team

Last updated after Russia-Spain on 26 June, 2008.

Team Matches Red Yellow Red Cards Suspensions
5 1 15 V. Demirel vs Czech Republic
violent conduct

M. Aurélio vs Croatia

Aşık vs Germany

Demirel vs Croatia

Demirel vs Germany

Şanlı vs Germany

Turan vs Germany

3 1 7 É. Abidal vs Italy
professional foul

É. Abidal vs Austria (WCQ)
6 1 7 B. Schweinsteiger vs Croatia
violent conduct
J. Löw (coach) vs Portugal

Schweinsteiger vs Austria
5 0 10 A. Arshavin vs Spain (group stage)

Arshavin vs Greece

Kolodin vs Spain (semi-final)

Torbinski vs Spain (semi-final)

3 0 8 S. Prödl vs Germany
3 0 8
3 0 8
4 0 8 G. Gattuso vs Spain

Pirlo vs Spain
4 0 8
6 0 8
3 0 7
3 0 7 D. Goian vs Netherlands
4 0 7
4 0 5
3 0 4
3 0 3


  1. Article 38.2 f) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code
  2. Article 20.04 of the UEFA Euro 2008 Tournament Regulations
  3. Article 38.4 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code
  4. Article 20.03 of the UEFA Euro 2008 Tournament Regulations
  5. Arshavin was banned from Russia's first two group stage matches due to a sending off against Andorra in Euro 2008 qualifying.

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