Italy aren’t going to be disqualified from Euro 2020

13 July 2021
What was claimed

Italy fielded a player in the Euro 2020 final who shouldn’t have been playing due to receiving a yellow card in the quarter-final.

Our verdict

False. No Italian player received two yellow cards to warrant suspension before the final, and yellow cards expired after the quarter-finals anyway.

A post on Facebook which has been shared over 50,000 times claims UEFA officials have noticed that an Italian player in the Euro 2020 final against England received a yellow card in the quarter-final and therefore shouldn’t have been playing.

It states this means Italy, who won the final on penalties, could be disqualified from the competition and England declared winners.

This is all nonsense. 

UEFA rules, which applied to Euro 2020, state that players who receive a red card during a single game of the tournament are suspended from the next game.

Players who accumulate two yellow cards over multiple matches are also suspended from the game after the one in which they received their second yellow card.

But single yellow cards are wiped after the quarter-finals meaning no player would have missed the final due to a yellow card received in the semi-final, as was a possibility in previous tournaments.

So the idea that an Italian player would have been banned from the final for picking up a yellow in the quarter-final doesn’t make any sense.

What’s more, no Italian player received two yellow cards up until the final anyway.

Italy didn’t receive any yellow cards during their first two games against Turkey and Switzerland. Subsequently, yellow cards were received by Matteo Pessina against Wales, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Nicolò Barella against Austria in the second round, Domenico Berardi and Marco Verratti against Belgium in the quarter-final and Leonardo Bonucci and Rafael Tolói against Spain in the semi-final.

So no Italian player received enough yellow cards to be suspended for the final, even without the rule voiding yellow cards after the quarter-finals.

Whether some of the Italian players should have been sent off during the final itself is another question entirely.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because yellow cards were wiped after the quarter-finals and no Italian player received two yellow cards before the final anyway.

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