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Why Soccer Players Get Yellow Card For Taking Off Their Jersey to Celebrate

Players have many ways to celebrate a goal, but removing their shirt always results in a yellow card. At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, that’s not the exception.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a game-winning goal, a last-minute equalizer or the fourth goal in a comfortable victory. Scoring is always important for a player when it comes to the FIFA World Cup.

Therefore, you see all kinds of celebrations. Tears, screams, dances, and even shirts being removed. However, the latter has consequences for players, as taking your jersey off results in a yellow card.

According to Law 12 set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), a player will receive a yellow card whenever he takes off his jersey because it is considered an excessive goal celebration — something the IFAB doesn’t allow.

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Though they aren’t official, there could be other reasons such as players sending political or personal messages, referees being unable to identify the player, people being offended, and sponsors that want to be seen.

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