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2022 World Cup suspensions: Who is at risk?

James Cormack
Gareth Bale receives a booking in Wales' World Cup opener against the USA.
Gareth Bale receives a booking in Wales' World Cup opener against the USA. / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages
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Yellow and red cards have been a part and parcel of the World Cup since they were first introduced to the tournament in 1970.

The possibility of suspension is high in tournament football, and it's a cloud will hang over every player competing in Qatar. Missing out on some of the biggest games of their career due to yellow card accumulation can be cruel - think Gazza and what could've been in 1990.

Here's a list of all the players that risk being suspended at the 2022 World Cup.


Group A

Qatar

Yellow cards

Saad Al-Sheeb, Karim Boudiaf, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif.

Red cards

None.


Ecuador

Yellow Cards

Moises Caicedo, Sebas Mendez.

Red cards

None.


Senegal

Yellow cards

Nampalys Mendy, Idrissa Gueye.

Red cards

None.


Netherlands

Yellow cards

Matthijs de Ligt.

Red cards

None.


Group B

England

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Iran

Yellow cards

Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Morteza Pouraliganji.

Red cards

None.


Wales

Yellow cards

Gareth Bale, Chris Mepham.

Red cards

None.


USA

Yellow cards

Tim Ream, Sergino Dest, Kellyn Acosta, Weston McKennie.

Red cards

None.


Group C

Argentina

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Saudi Arabia

Yellow cards

Mohammed Al-Owais, Saud Abdulhamid, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Abdulellah Al-Malki, Salem Al-Dawsari.

Red cards

None.


Mexico

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Poland

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Group D

France

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Australia

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Denmark

Yellow cards

Rasmus Kristensen, Mathias Jensen.

Red cards

None.


Tunisia

Yellow cards

Taha Yassine Khenissi.

Red cards

None.


Group E

Spain

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Costa Rica

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Germany

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Japan

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Group F

Belgium

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Canada

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Morocco

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Croatia

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Group G

Brazil

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Serbia

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Switzerland

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Cameroon

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Group H

Portugal

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Ghana

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


Uruguay

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


South Korea

Yellow cards

None.

Red cards

None.


What are the 2022 World Cup suspension rules?

Players will receive a one-match ban if they receive two yellow cards throughout the tournament. The card count does not reset after the group stage, but the slate is wiped clean after the quarter-finals.

A sending off, meanwhile, only warrants a one-game ban.


Who has the most yellow cards in World Cup history?

Argentina legend Javier Mascherano was booked a record seven times throughout his World Cup career. The versatile defender appeared at four tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018) and picked up his seventh booking on his final World Cup appearance against France in Argentina's round of 16 defeat.


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