How many yellows warrants a touchline ban?


THE PREMIER LEAGUE is slowsly coming to a close with the top flight’s competitors pushing for the best possible finish.

The unprecedented three-horse title race is reaching its final stages with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool vying for the top.

Premier League bosses will have to be careful not to get booked in the final round of fixturesCredit: PA
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is only one booking away from serving a one-match banCredit: EPA

Aston Villa and Tottenham are fighting it out for fourth place knowing fifth is officially not good enough to qualify for the Champions League.

And of course all bets are off regarding Europa League and Europa Conference League qualification with Manchester United, Newcastle, West Ham and even Chelsea battling for a place in the sun.

Bottom of the league Sheffield United are already relegated and could be joined by the likes of Burnley, Luton Town or Nottingham Forest.

Every team is fighting for something different and it is uncertain how things will end for each one of them.

But one thing is certain, they will all need their manager by their side before the season ends on May 19.

That is why Prem bosses will have to be careful with their reactions at the touchline with referees proving they are not shy of pulling out a card.

As per the league’s rules, three yellow cards lead to a one-match ban for a head coach.

Three more yellows, which lead to a grand total of six, result to another one-game suspension.

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Another two – totalling eight bookings – gets a manager banned for two games.

As it stands, the one boss that needs to be extra careful is Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta.

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Arteta has already been booked a total of five times this season, which means one more will see him miss out on an important game against United or Everton on the final day.

Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi and the Red Devils’ Erik ten Hag follow with four apiece.



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