‘This is not about creating a drama’ – Cards can be issued to EFL managers under clarified disciplinary rules
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke and his fellow Championship bosses will have the threat of yellow and red cards hanging over them this season.
Coaching staff ill-discipline can now be dealt with in similar fashion to players, the Football Association has warned, as a pilot project which builds on a review of the FA's existing 'technical area code of conduct' comes into effect.
It will apply to the Premier League, English Football League and National League, as well as from the first round of the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.
Yellow cards for coaching staff will also accumulate, as they do for players, and any manager who receives four warnings will receive an automatic one-game touchline ban. In the Premier League, however, managers will not be shown cards and their warnings will only be verbal.
But unlike accumulated cautions for players, there will be no automatic reset after a certain number of games. Eight warnings will result in a two-match ban, 12 warnings will bring a three-match ban and 16 will lead to a misconduct charge with a sanction to be determined by a disciplinary panel.
The exception to the no-reset rule will be play-off matches and the FA Cup Final.
For mostly well behaved City boss Farke this is unlikely to be an issue, although the German was sent to the stands once last season, after kicking the ball away in frustration when it came towards the home dugout in injury-time of a frustrating 0-0 home draw with Bolton, despite apologising profusely to referee Keith Stroud.
In a statement, the FA explained that the warnings will be issued for inappropriate language or gestures 'which are an obvious show of dissent or an attempt to influence the decisions of the match officials', kicking or throwing water bottles or clothing, sarcastic clapping, waving imaginary cards and so on.
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EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: 'We thought it should add to the clarity and hopefully better behaviour in the technical areas.
'This is not about creating a drama. It is about making sure behaviour doesn't decline further.'