This season, managers will receive yellow and red cards for misconduct. The decision has been made in order to improve touchline behavior. The Premier League managers will receive verbal cautions for irresponsible behavior throughout the campaign. However, in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, EFL Trophy and National League, managers will be issued cards.
The EFL has said that the inception of the rule will help to “protect the reputation” of its competitions. Premier League will use the rules of “stage 1 warnings” but without the use of cards.
The offenses for which managers can receive yellow cards are kicking a water bottle, sarcastic clapping or any other gesture that could be considered as attempting to undermine the match official. The offenses for which a manager can receive a red card are violent conduct, spitting and stopping the opponent restarting play.
A manager can also be blamed if any of his club’s personnel be deemed to have behaved irresponsibly. Only the match official has the right to issue yellow and red cards to the managers.
EFL’s chief executive Sam Harvey said, If the behaviour of any one of the members on the bench, usually led by the manager, gets to the level where it’s not appropriate, as like a caution on the pitch, the referee will issue a yellow card to the bench. If the behaviour continues in a manner that he doesn’t feel appropriate – effectively like a totting up of a number of fouls – then there’s the opportunity for a second yellow card to be issued at which stage the manager leaves the bench area. If there’s a serious incident deemed by the match official, the manager will be shown a red card and go to the stands. It will hopefully improve behaviour in the technical areas. This is not about creating a drama. It is about making sure behaviour doesn’t decline further.”
A manager will be banned for a match in case of four yellow cards, two matches in case of eight yellow cards, three matches in case of twelve yellow cards and four matches in case of sixteen yellow cards.
Harvey went on to add, “We don’t want managers missing play-off games and play-off finals because he has had four warnings. Professional football forms opinions and is what people look up to; what professional footballers do and indeed managers do is often deemed as being the acceptable norm. We do hope this changes the behaviour away from the professional game as well. But, we have to start somewhere, this is the pilot and hopefully it will be something that is followed by everybody else in the future.”