Definition of red card in English:

red card


  • (in soccer and some other games) a red card shown by the referee to a player who is being sent off the field.

    ‘Guerra was shown the red card for a foul on Meijer’
    Compare with yellow card
    • ‘During the early 1980s Rangers v Aberdeen games were peppered with red cards.’
    • ‘A red card is then shown and the player has to leave the field, much to his or her humiliation.’
    • ‘There is no need to show the red card, which results in that player missing games for his side, as a result of an average foul.’
    • ‘If that's a red card we might as well all enjoy a game of chess and forget football.’
    • ‘It's as futile as players complaining to referees after the fact about penalties and red cards.’
    • ‘The right to appeal is a luxury all too frequently utilised on a variety of matters within football, from red cards to missed drugs tests.’
    • ‘Players are going down with the slightest contact and its hard to tell if they are hurt or acting, this makes it hard for the ref and at times players get red cards they shouldn't.’
    • ‘His red card in a crucial World Cup match against Argentina saw him become the most vilified man in England.’
    • ‘If players did not argue with the referee so much the amount of yellow and red cards would be cut drastically!’
    • ‘Television replays later showed that he was in fact fouled, and the red card was eventually rescinded.’
    • ‘Which match holds the record for the most red cards?’
    • ‘Later in the match, one of our players got a red card, hence we were down to ten men!’
    • ‘Three goals conceded and two red cards over the space of two minutes must equate to some sort of record surely?’
    • ‘The defender found himself fortunate not to have been shown a red card as the referee merely cautioned him.’
    • ‘In the space of five second-half minutes, Dundee United lost two players to straight red cards.’
    • ‘As we kicked off, I said something to the referee and was shown a red card, which carried a three-match ban.’
    • ‘Italy and Portugal overcame tense games and red cards thanks largely to the veterans.’
    • ‘He then put it back into his pocket, and walked to the sidelines and handed in his whistle and yellow and red cards and said the game was over.’
    • ‘A harsh red card late in the game served only to leave a bitter taste in the mouth.’
    • ‘A second string of players were fielded in fear of red cards, which would have affected the cup-final team.’


  • [with object] (of a referee) send (a player) off the field by showing a red card.

    ‘Price was red-carded for a foul on Ferguson’
    • ‘Players who are red-carded miss two subsequent matches.’
    • ‘The experienced Samoan was red-carded by referee Colin Morris for retaliation with scrum-half Bobbie Goulding, following him to the sin-bin for dissent.’
    • ‘Three players have been red-carded against the Boks.’
    • ‘Both players were red-carded by Cork referee Michael Collins, but were later exonerated when it was established the referee had got it wrong in both instances.’
    • ‘Whyte, indeed, was red-carded for a professional foul on Shearer at Ewood Park in this campaign.’
    • ‘While no players were technically red-carded at West Ham, plenty of players have been sent off in testimonials.’
    • ‘Lewis was red-carded and was forced to sit out the next qualifier.’
    • ‘McFadden was red-carded, Iversen sent Gordon the wrong way from the penalty and, frankly, that was that.’
    • ‘Far be it from us to reveal any skeletons in the mayor-elect's tree cupboard, but he was once red-carded by a referee for cavorting about the pitch with a blow-up doll.’
    • ‘In the second half, Stockton began with ten men, one of their players having been red-carded, and reorganised themselves.’
    • ‘After 12 minutes Eddie Magee was red-carded for a second bookable offence.’
    • ‘Neil Lennon vents his fury at the final whistle, pushing the point so far that he was also red-carded by the referee.’
    • ‘Referees are now more likely to give a yellow card instead of a red, and this was clearly seen when a Donegal player should have been red-carded.’
    • ‘Five minutes later St. Pat's were reduced to ten men when a St. Pat's player was red-carded and they were pinned back in their own half for the remainder of the half.’
    • ‘Sure, most of the match was sporting, but two players were straight red-carded following the melee.’
    • ‘He was called on to play in stoppage time of a 2-1 loss to United after Howard was red-carded.’
    • ‘Their wing-back was also red-carded in this spell.’
    • ‘It follows a touchline brawl during a Worthington Cup tie against Blackburn at Ewood Park earlier this month when three players were red-carded.’
    • ‘Chris Wood protested too loudly at a possible off-side and was promptly red-carded by the referee.’
    • ‘Reserves woes increased when a player was red-carded.’
    order off, tell to leave the field, dismiss
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