Why wasn’t Fred sent off? Red card offences explained as Man Utd star avoids dismissal

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Manchester United's Fred appeared to be incredibly lucky to avoid a red card against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening after he thrust his head into the vicinity of visiting midfielder Leandro Paredes.

The Brazilian midfielder looked destined to be sent off by referee Daniele Orsato after the Italian official went to consult with the VAR screen, only to return to issue a yellow card.

The decision was made all the more puzzling given the recent red card received by Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe at Leeds in the Premier League, with that decision widely viewed to be the correct and usual one in such circumstances.

Co-commentating for BT Sport, Robbie Savage said: “It should be a red card. Very fortunate there Fred.

"The referee was very quick looking at the monitor. The motion of Fred's head, to me, it should have been red."

The fact that Orsato only issued a yellow card led many fans towards the rules of the game as they sought to discover if there was something they were missing.

Fred was only given a yellow card
(Image: BT Sport)

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Those laws are detailed below.

IFAB's Laws of the Game 2020/21 – as detailed on the FA's website – state:

A player, substitute or substituted player who commits any of the following offences is sent off:

  • denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a handball offence (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area)
  • denying a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent whose overall movement is towards the offender's goal by an offence punishable by a free kick (unless as outlined below)
  • serious foul play
  • biting or spitting at someone
  • violent conduct
  • using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
  • receiving a second caution in the same match
  • entering the video operation room (VOR)

A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.

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