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FIFA President Supports World Cup Rule Change Regarding Yellow Cards


FIFA president Sepp Blatter has announced his support for a World Cup rule change that would allow players to receive three yellow cards in a round before being suspended for a match.

Currently two yellow cards in the first round or in the knockout round results in a one-match suspension. A pair of yellows in any single match also earns an automatic ejection and one-match ban.

In the wake of record numbers of red and yellow cards at this World Cup, Blatter said Tuesday that football's world governing body will look into allowing three yellows in a round before penalizing a player. He also suggested that referees should be more consistent handing out yellow cards.

A tournament record 27 red cards and 331 yellows had been issued after 60 of the 64 matches at Germany 2006.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.