VAR: Red cards

3 Aug 2019

All red cards awarded in the Premier League will automatically be checked by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The VAR will also check for possible red-card incidents for which the on-field referee has awarded a yellow card or no card at all.

The VAR will look to identify a “clear and obvious error”.

The on-field referee will explain his decision to the VAR and what he has seen.

If the evidence provided to the VAR by the broadcast footage does not accord with what the referee believes he has seen, then the VAR can recommend an overturn.

The final decision will remain with the on-field referee.

For possible red-card incidents unseen by the match officials, the VAR has a short window to intervene.

If the ball is in play, VAR has until the next re-start of play.

If the ball is out of play, VAR has until the second restart of play.

For incidents not captured by the match officials or VAR, The FA’s retrospective disciplinary process remains.

The VAR will not intervene for an incident where a second yellow card leads to a red card, unless the VAR believes the second yellow card should be upgraded to a red. 

See also

VAR: Goals
VAR: Penalty decisions
VAR: Mistaken identity

Further VAR reading

VAR protocol
Premier League's VAR principles
Clear and obvious
Referee Review Area (RRA)
Attacking possession phase
How offsides are determined by VAR
Penalty kicks
Unseen incidents
Final decision
Frequently Asked Questions