Rules regarding accrued yellow cards ahead of UEFA CL semis

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 24/04/2018

As the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League enters its semi-final stage with the first fixture billed for Tuesday, April 24, one of the begging questions on the lips of ardent followers of the competition would definitely be 'what are the rules regarding yellow cards accrued by players ahead of the semi-finals?' or 'are yellow cards wiped out ahead of semi-finals?'.

The simple answer to this question as confirmed by the competition's organising body UEFA is that all yellow cards accumulated in UEFA club competitions from the beginning of the group stage were wiped out upon the completion of the quarter-finals.

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This simply means all players left in the competition now have a clean slate. This ruling was introduced from the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

A single yellow card for a player in one leg of a semi-final cannot lead to them being suspended for the final should their team qualify.

The official 2017/18 UEFA Champions League regulations state:

49.03 Single yellow cards and pending suspensions are always carried forward either to the next stage of the competition or to the UEFA Europa League in the current season.

49.04 Exceptionally, all yellow cards and pending yellow-card suspensions expire on completion of the play-offs. They are not carried forward to the group stage. In addition, all yellow cards expire on completion of the quarter-finals. They are not carried forward to the semi-finals.

49.05 Cautions and pending yellow-card suspensions from the competition or the UEFA Europa League expire at the end of the season.