FA rule spares two West Brom players from suspension amid discipline issues
West Brom can breathe a sigh of relief for now over yellow card suspensions thanks to a Football Association rule.
The laws of the game state that any player who receives five yellow cards will be handed an automatic one-match ban.
Jake Livermore was a victim of this earlier in the season, when he was forced to miss the game against Bristol City in October due to an accumulation of five bookings.
Centre-back pair Kyle Bartley and Cedric Kipre have both been booked four times so far this season, so could have been left walking a tightrope.
However, the rule ceases to be active after 19 games of the campaign and 20 matches have now passed.
Players will now be penalised if they are shown 10 yellow cards before the end of the 37th game of the season.
It means that Bartley and Kipre – who have helped Albion keep clean sheets in their last two fixtures – can rest easy for now.
Valerien Ismael will certainly be a happy man, having lost three players already from suspension this season.
West Brom rank fifth in the Championship this season for fouls per game (12.3) and no team in the division has received more red cards (three) [WhoScored]. All three of those red cards have come in the last five weeks.
Darnell Furlong was sent off against Fulham for denying Harry Wilson a goalscoring opportunity, before Jake Livermore went for an early bath against Huddersfield.
Albion appealed the midfielder’s red card but were unsuccessful, meaning he was slapped with a three-match ban.
To compound the club’s woes, Jayson Molumby was sent off for two bookable offences against Nottingham Forest last Friday (26 November), leaving Ismael short of options in midfield.
As long as they can avoid receiving any more reds, the Baggies will be able to forget about the yellows for now.
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