Emi Martinez: UEFA Confirm Punishment for Aston Villa Goalkeeper After Picking Two Yellows vs Lille

Emi Martinez: UEFA Confirm Punishment for Aston Villa Goalkeeper After Picking Two Yellows vs Lille

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 19, 2024 at 4:28 PM
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  • Emi Martinez picked up two yellow cards during Aston Villa's clash against Lille
  • However, the Argentine ace was not sent off, much to the surprise of many fans
  • Aston Villa won the penalty shootout of the Europa Conference League encounter

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UEFA have confirmed the punishment for Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez after he escaped a red card vs Lille despite getting two bookings.

The Argentine shot-stopper was part of the Villa side that battled the French side for a 2-2 aggregate draw during their Europa Conference League clash on Thursday night at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Emi Martinez in action during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 Quarter-final second-leg match between Lille OSC and Aston Villa. Photo by Neville Williams.
Emi Martinez in action during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 Quarter-final second-leg match between Lille OSC and Aston Villa. Photo by Neville Williams.
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The match had to be decided via a penalty shootout despite Lille winning 2-1 during regular time and after extra time.

However, the scoreline could only draw them level on aggregate with the Premier League outfit, meaning the winner of the tie had to be decided via penalties.

SPORTbible reports that one of the greatest highlights of the match was when Martinez failed to pick up a red card despite earning two bookings.

UEFA decides punishment for Emi Martinez

The shot-stopper had been yellow-carded during the normal time before he picked up another booking during the shootout.

It was later confirmed that the Argentina international was allowed to stay on due to rules surrounding yellow cards.

Apparently, the laws of the game state that yellow cards are reset at the start of a penalty shootout.

However, UEFA has since confirmed that Martinez will receive punishment for the two bookings.

Sports journalist Tom Collomosse disclosed on X that the governing body has resolved to have Martinez suspended in the first leg of Villa's tie against Greek side Olympiacos.

“UEFA spokesman: ‘Martinez suspended for the first leg of the semi-final against Olympiacos.’ Basis is the three bookings he received across the tie against Lille," he tweeted.

Martinez sends Aston Villa to UECL semis

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Martinez leading Aston Villa to a vital UECL win.

Aston Villa headed into France carrying a slim 2-1 advantage over Lille in their UEFA Europa Conference League tie.

That lead soon vanished in the second leg, with Yusuf Yasici and Benjamin Andre scoring goals for Lille.

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