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Why is Reece available for Spurs game despite getting red card 1 game ago? You asked, we answered
Reece James was sent off against Liverpool as he was deemed to have handled the ball on the goal line.

The right-back was not available for selection in our last game but can return tonight against Tottenham Hotspur. However, some fans are asking how is he back after just a one-game suspension despite receiving a straight red:

Odejobi Tunde writes: “Reece got a straight red card, he’s supposed to miss 3 games, how’s is starting today’s match?”

Oladimeji Najeem added: “Yea.. I’ll also like to know why Reece is back… Think he would be missing three games… My thoughts were that his suspension would end after the carabao cup game against Aston Villa.”

The reason
Firstly, it’s important to understand that not every direct red card results in a 3-game ban. The FA analyses the reason for the red card and the suspension is handed out accordingly.


As per the Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA), here are how the rules work: “When it comes to the length of any suspension period, it is dependent on the nature and seriousness of the foul, as follows:

“For a sending off, after a second yellow in one game, the suspension period is one match.

“For a so-called professional foul, a player will also receive a one-match ban.

“If the foul in question is dissent, it will normally be a two-match ban.

“If we are talking about violent conduct, the punishment is normally a three-match ban.

“The above types of fouls, and the length of the bans that go with them, are only given in terms of guidance. Each foul must be reviewed on its own merits and circumstances, and the suspension award decided upon can be longer or shorter.”

To explain this further, Reece’s unintentional handling off the ball should surely not result in the same punishment as say, an ankle-breaking tackle which Liverpool star Harvey Elliott suffered recently in the game against Leeds United.

The culprit in that game, Pascal Struijk, is banned for the next 3 games.

The FA decided that a one-game suspension for Reece was enough as his foul was deemed to be a ‘professional foul’. Therefore, he’s back for today’s game!

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