Leyton Orient player Romain Vincelot has been found guilty of intentionally getting himself a yellow card
In English football you receive a one match ban once you reach five yellow cards in a season. So when a player is on four yellow cards you would think they would be careful not to do anything stupid to pick up another booking.
However when the following game is one deemed not to be of crucial importance, then perhaps it doesn’t matter if the said player misses that game. This is exactly what happened with Leyton Orient player Romain Vincelot.
The Frenchman was on four bookings so far for the season, and one more would see him miss the next game. In the FA Cup match against Southport last week, he duly picked up another yellow card, therefore meaning he would miss the next match. The next match was a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Stevenage. Not a match that was crucial to their season, and certainly not as important as the match Vincelot were to return for. Saturday’s match in the league against 4th placed Preston North End. A big game between two of the top teams in the league.
The FA have noticed that Vincelot’s yellow card was a deliberate one, and well done to them for acting upon this. Vincelot has received another one match ban, and a £1,500 fine on top of that. So he will now miss the match against PNE. How the FA can determine whether the yellow card was deliberate or not is a difficult one. Only the player himself will know what his intentions were during that game. The decision has not been contested however, which shows that perhaps Leyton Orient are holding their hands up and admitting they have been found out.
The FA said the charge was brought about “on the basis that his conduct was an attempt to undermine the purpose of the disciplinary process”. I’m sure Vincelot is not the first to deliberately seek out a yellow card. Many will have done it in the past for a similar reason. I believe many players still to this day get bookings on purpose around Christmas time, so they have a little bit of extra time off.
It should be considered that even though it is Romain Vincelot who has suffered the consequences of these actions, he may have been under instruction from his manager Russell Slade. Therefore perhaps it is he, or the club who should be fined. It is a tricky area for the FA to look into, but it is promising that they are monitoring these matters and acting.