Why Amad Diallo Will Be Available for FA Cup Semi Final Despite Red Card vs Liverpool

Why Amad Diallo Will Be Available for FA Cup Semi Final Despite Red Card vs Liverpool

Martin Moses
updated at March 20, 2024 at 6:44 AM
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  • Amad Diallo was sent off after taking off his shirt against Liverpool on March 17
  • He was overwhelmed with emotions after scoring the winner in the 121st minute
  • Sports Brief breaks down why he will be eligible for the semis despite the red card

Amad Diallo has been on the lips of everyone after his heroics sent Manchester United to the FA Cup semi-final at Liverpool's expense.

Diallo finished off a blistering counter-attack to settle the tie 4-3 in favour of Erik ten Hag's side after more than two hours of pulsating football at Old Trafford.

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Amad Diallo gets sent off after scoring during Manchester United's game against Liverpool on March 17. Photo by Stu Forster.
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The goal ended Liverpool's hopes for a quadruple in Jurgen Klopp's final season in charge. The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup and remain in contention for the Europa League and the Premier League titles.

Diallo's goal, however, came at a personal cost as the Ivorian winger was shown a second yellow card. He removed his shirt in the celebrations, leaving referee John Brooks with no choice but to send him off. He had earlier been booked for delaying the restart of play.

"I forgot the first yellow. I'm really disappointed about the red card, but winning was the most important thing. Liverpool is a big club [to score against]," he hilariously admitted after the game as reported by Sports Brief.

There was talk of the 21-year-old missing the very semi-final tie he had helped his team reach, but Sports Brief can confirm that he will be available for selection. Ten Hag's side were drawn against Coventry City in the Wembley clash next month.

Why Amad Diallo will be available for the FA Cup semi-final

The two yellow cards carry a one-game suspension, and English rules allow the suspension to be served in another domestic competition, as captured on the Premier League's website. Diallo will, therefore, be suspended for Manchester United's next domestic game, which will be a visit to London to face Brentford after the international break.

However, the rules get confusing when a player picks up five yellow cards in the Premier League. The rules dictate that this will carry a one-match ban, but it has to be served in the Premier League. This explains why Nicolas Jackson missed Chelsea's EPL game against Fulham but was available for selection against Brighton in the Carabao Cup.

A direct red card in the Premier League will see a player miss the next domestic competition, irrespective of the competition. Newcastle United's goalkeeper Nick Pope missed the Carabao Cup final last season after picking up a red card against Liverpool.

For UEFA tournaments like the Champions League, the suspension remains in the competition. A player can get a straight red card in the Champions League but feature for his side in a league match afterwards.

Diallo would only have missed the semi-final if it was the next immediate competition, but as it is now, ten Hag can call on him on the weekend of April 20.

Why players get booked for taking off their shirts

Sports Brief has also explained why taking off your shirt is a bookable offence.

The harmless offence has always seen referees dish out yellow cards to players since 2004.

Diallo joined a list of players led by Vincent Aboubakar to get sent off after getting a second yellow card for this offence.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)