The “pink card” for the first time in Copa America matches. The “pink card” for the first time in Copa America matches.

The “pink card” for the first time in Copa America matches.

The “pink card” for the first time in Copa America matches.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) confirmed that the pink card will appear for the first time in the 2024 Copa America competitions in the United States with the participation of 16 teams.

The tournament is scheduled to be held from June 20 to July 14 next.

The pink card will be part of a system that allows teams to implement an additional substitution during matches in accordance with Article 96 of the tournament regulations.

CONMEBOL confirmed that in the event of suspected head injuries or concussion, a sixth substitution could be given to take care of the players’ health.

A CONMEBOL statement said: “The Conmebol Competitions and Operations Department announced that, in addition to the five substitutions allowed for each team according to the regulations, a sixth possible substitution will be added to take care of the health of the football players. This additional substitution is considered an option in the event of a suspected head injury or concussion.” .

When the team decides to make a substitution due to a suspected concussion, it must inform the main referee or the fourth official. In this substitution, a pink card is used, which differs from other substitute cards.

If a regular substitution is made at the same time as a suspected concussion substitution, the additional substitution opportunity is deducted, and when a team has used all normal substitution opportunities, it cannot use the suspected concussion substitution to make a regular substitution.

When a substitution is used due to suspected concussion, the opposing team is automatically given an opportunity for an additional substitution, and the main referee or the fourth official is informed of this. This additional opportunity can only be used to make an additional substitution, not for regular substitutions.

A player who suffers a suspected concussion is prohibited from returning to the match or participating in penalty kicks, and if the opportunity exists, he must be taken to the locker room or the medical center.

Team doctors must then complete a detailed report outlining the results of the concussion assessment and submit it to the Football Association's Medical Committee within 24 hours, regardless of whether the player is substituted or not, GOAL.COM reported.


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