Following calls by the Professional Game Match Officials Board for clarification on the red card laws, Keith Hackett has produced the following guide:
- They are red in colour.
- Though colloquially known as ‘cards’, they are not actually made of card. Try giving it a lick – yes, it’s sugar paper!
- If you turn it around it is the King of Hearts.
- “Was THIS your card Sir?”
- Although it may be tempting to whip it out dramatically, be careful that you don’t take the card out too quickly as you could get a nasty paper cut – ouchy!