Qatar 2022: Why do players get a yellow card for taking shirt off?


Players have many ways to celebrate a goal, but removing their shirt always results in a yellow card. At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, that’s not the exception.

If every footballer’s dream is to play in the FIFA World Cup, let alone score a goal in the tournament. If not, check out Robert Lewandowski getting emotional after getting on the scoresheet at Qatar 2022.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the winning goal, a last minute equalizer or the fourth goal in a comfortable victory. Scoring is always important for players at the FIFA World Cup.

That’s why you see all kinds of celebrations. Tears, screams, dances and even shirts being taken off. However, this has consequences for the player as taking off the shirt results in a yellow card.

Why is taking shirt off a yellow card at 2022 World Cup?

According to Law 12 set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), a player will receive a yellow card whenever he takes off his jersey because it is considered an excessive goal celebration — something the IFAB doesn’t allow.

Though they aren’t official, there could be other reasons such as players sending political or personal messages, referees being unable to identify the player, people being offended, and sponsors that want to be seen.

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