Definition of yellow card in English:

yellow card


  • (in soccer and some other games) a yellow card shown by the referee to a player being cautioned.

    ‘Eddis was shown the yellow card for a late tackle on Candlish’
    Compare with red card
    • ‘A fight broke out among the forwards late in the second half and this led to four players receiving yellow cards.’
    • ‘He could not be trusted, they said, because he had clocked up one red card and 20 yellow cards in the past two seasons.’
    • ‘What is the difference between a yellow card in hockey and a yellow card in soccer?’
    • ‘Players can receive yellow cards for dissent, poor challenges or abusive remarks to other players.’
    • ‘They have four players on yellow cards, while Porto have five.’
    • ‘A big factor in all the forthcoming league games will be the use of the yellow card by referees.’
    • ‘The first half finished without a goal and it looked as if neither side would score, then a flurry of yellow cards opened the game up.’
    • ‘The referee produced a yellow card but in the melee it was impossible to tell who he booked.’
    • ‘The referee bought his yellow card out and Gascoigne was out of the final were England to make it through.’
    • ‘The restless Blackpool away end were made more furious by the inconsistency of the referee in handing out yellow cards.’
    • ‘If a player gets two yellow cards in the first round, she is suspended for the next game.’
    • ‘A referee might start the game off in stern fashion, brandishing yellow cards left, right and centre.’
    • ‘A weak shot and header in either half was all he could muster in a stop-start game that had too many yellow cards and free kicks.’
    • ‘How many times has a player been awarded two yellow cards for fouls that, added up, are not sufficient to lead to a dismissal.’
    • ‘The only thing is, Portugal will be without some key players because they have a lot of yellow cards.’
    • ‘Wright was in jubilant mood at the end of a game which saw one red and three yellow cards handed out by referee Graeme Hannah.’
    • ‘Luckily the referee only showed a yellow card, the resulting penalty punishment enough.’
    • ‘A team may win a game 5-1, but it can still score an own goal, have three yellow cards and a player sent off.’
    • ‘Stelios and Birmingham's David Dunn were booked for diving, although both players later had their yellow cards rescinded.’
    • ‘Out came the yellow card, the spot kick was retaken and this time it hit a post.’


  • [with object] (of the referee) caution (a player) by showing a yellow card.

    • ‘Symes got caught up in a brief spat with right back Adrian Harper which saw both players yellow-carded.’
    • ‘Referee Ted Coutts added to Gala's misery when he yellow-carded Tim Miskelly for an innocuous looking offence at a ruck.’
    • ‘Scotland suffered a setback when Jones was controversially yellow-carded by Argentinian referee Manual Picara for killing the ball on the ground.’
    • ‘When a Bowden player was yellow-carded, York thought they were in with a chance to get back but a quickly taken free-shot restored the home side's two-goal advantage.’
    • ‘Gair explained: ‘When Brad had been yellow-carded, the referee said that was a team yellow-card and the next would be red.’’
    • ‘Charlie Cudworth and Otley's hooker were yellow-carded forcing the Saras to re-organise their front row.’
    • ‘English referee Roy Maybank warned Hayes and Parker, then yellow-carded Kelly.’
    • ‘Campsall clearly intended ruling with an iron fist, and Saints' one-man advantage was immediately nullified as he yellow-carded Northampton hooker Federico Mendez for an identical offence.’
    • ‘Acorn were reduced to 11 men minutes later when their hooker was yellow-carded for talking back to the referee after being given offside.’
    • ‘According to police, Sizana was separating players who became involved in a brawl after the referee had awarded a penalty and yellow-carded a Marcelle player.’
    • ‘The visitors suffered an early blow when prop-forward Robbie Morris was yellow-carded for a high tackle on fly-half Jacob Rauluni, but they still had the measure of the hosts and nudged ahead with a penalty from Drahm.’
    • ‘Their toe-to-toe battle set off mayhem around them, and when things eventually died down, Lander yellow-carded both players.’
    • ‘One minute into the second period, Ramage made his mark on the match, yellow-carding the Glasgow openside Donnie MacFadyen for handling in a ruck.’
    • ‘After the break, the two packs had a brief skirmish and the referee yellow-carded the opposing hookers, Lee Mears and Fabio Ongaro.’
    • ‘Higgins, having earlier been yellow-carded for a high tackle, was sent off during first-half injury time when he tripped Gloucester centre Mike Tindall, an offence that warranted a second yellow.’
    • ‘Two Kendal's players were yellow-carded, reducing their number to nine, but they continued to have good chances but were thwarted by the packed home defence.’
    • ‘At this stage the referee yellow-carded both scrum halves and a Pontefract forward for a professional infringement.’
    • ‘Villa were now turning the screw and Banks appeared to get a touch on a free-kick from Staunton, but referee Eric Wolstenholme awarded a goal-kick, and Kachloul was yellow-carded for showing dissent.’
    • ‘York were disappointed not to have made more of a clear numerical advantage after Boston Spa players were yellow-carded.’
    • ‘Bridlington second row forward Steve Wells was yellow-carded for foul play with the subsequent penalty kicked by Porter.’


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