Premier League players are already nearing a suspension just a few games into the new season following a crackdown on ill-discipline.
The 2023/24 campaign has delivered on the prediction that officials would be stricter on bad behaviour and time-wasting.
Lawmakers have clamped down on dissentGetty
As a result, the revamped guidelines has led to referees dishing out more yellow cards at this stage of a season than ever before.
Any Premier League player who racks up five cautions inside the first 19 league games will be suspended for one match.
Matchday 19 is again over the festive period, with most teams in action on Boxing Day, before a slight reprieve comes in 2024.
Players who accumulate double-figure bookings before, and including, the 32nd game of the season will be suspended for a further two games.
But due to the new stricter rules, expect stars to fall foul sooner rather than later, with some already walking a thin line…
Premier League yellow cards: Who is near a suspension?
Four players are already on three yellow cards just four games into the new season.
Nottingham Forest’s Ola Aina and West Ham’s Emerson are only two bookings away from suspension.
As are Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson and Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon, with the quartet needing to be mindful for the next three months.
A whopping 28 players are then on two yellow cards as part of the rise in cautions being issued across the board.
Gordon is among the players close to a suspensionGetty
3 yellow cards
Ola Aina – Nottingham Forest
Anthony Gordon – Newcastle
Nicolas Jackson – Chelsea
Emerson – West Ham
2 yellow cards
Anel Ahmedhodzic – Sheffield United
Rayan Ait-Nouri – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Serge Aurier – Nottingham Forest
Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United
Jarrad Branthwaite – Everton
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