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Red the Yellow Card and…
By Andrew Castiglione
No contented with blowing an all-powerful whistle ‘ACME Thunder’, he was an English referee who thought for the first time about the use of yellow and red cards.

It was Ken Aston...

Ken Aston was designated like referee to arbitrate of the World Cup of Soccer in 1966. During the stormy encounter of the quarterfinals in Wembly between the English selection and the Argentina selection; the captain visits you, Antonio Rattin, did not accept to let the game land after being sent outside by the German referee, Rudolf Kreitlein.

As much Aston as their Spanish disciple ran on the land, trying to convince to Rattin so that it left the land and thus to be able to continue the party.

Leading the same day, after the conclusion of the encounter and while Aston went to its house, it began to consider the problem of as the referees could undertake their disciplinary decisions of a clear form to the players without the necessity to have to speak their same language. In that minute moment was stopped before several traffic lights and saw the red color, green amber and. It was there, when the idea was born to use cards of diverse colors.

Referees FIFA first used the yellow & red cards during the World Cup in Mexico 1970. Ironically, no player was expelled during the duration of that championship.

Although the idea of the use of cards was born in England, the yellow & red cards they were not used in the English leagues until 1976. But late, and after the complaints of many players who said that the referees abused the use of cards easily, it is the reason way its use was suspended between 1981 and 1987.

Peculiarly in hockey, the referees have three cards: GREEN for a warning, YELLOW for the temporary dismissal of the thrown one, and the RED one for a permanent one that he sends off.

I articulate the Press at that time

PARIS, 1 of July, (Agencies). – Stage of Wembley, 1966.

The captain of the English equipment, Bobby Charlton, receives his first reprimand in international soccer, to badly show well known a genius in that party of the Glass of the World before Argentina.

But he, on the middle of the din of the party, has only listened that the referee Rudolh Kreitlein has vociferated to him who knows how many things in German. And not even one occurs by found out.

32 years have passed already from that episode.

And, when remembering it, FIFA revealed hours before England faced Argentina in France ’98, that Charlton was admonished to dissent in that encounter, which was valid by the quarterfinals.

The own Charlton – that elevated the Cup that year like a champion of the world -, ignored that it had been admonished in that party, in the middle of co-born of fight and the idiomatical confusion.

The situation arrived at such crisis in the playground, that the leaders of the FIFA did not know how to prevent another equal situation in the future Glasses with the World.

He was then that to the representative of the FIFA in that encounter, Ken Aston, happened the solution to him. And, when being driving its car and to stop in a traffic light in red, shouted “eureka”.

If everything was so simple...

Now, the system has become familiar from yellow cards and the red to sanction to the players in a soccer match.

The spokesperson of the FIFA, Keith Cooper, indicates that during the press conference on fare-play that the organism made at the beginning of that year, Bobby Charlton still asked on is it possible reprimand of 32 years ago.

The only warning that he knew in his long one and illustrates race, had been caused by a referee on the moment of the firing of a free shot, in a party of the English league of clubs.

It affirms Cooper:

- We went to the files of FIFA and found the report of the party of Wembley, which showed that Bobby had been admonished although, not given account in that occasion.

- Cooper emphasizes that also it appeared in the notebook of the referee Rudolf Kreitlein, the name of its brother, Jackie Charlton.

- A terrible confusion between the Argentine and English players and the German referee had. People did not speak other languages than his in those days. I believe that Bobby was trying to play the role of pacificator. And his intervention was misinterpreted...

1966 the Argentina-England party was suspended during eight minutes and the police entered the turf of Wembley while the captain of Argentina, Antonio Rattin, refused to leave the pitch after being expelled in the first time, to discuss repeatedly with Kreitlein.

But the 23 of June of 1966 have also happened to the history of the World Cup through positive reasons.

The version of the FIFA says that to Ken Aston – leader English of Federation the International, of turn that day and that also entered the field to try to persuade to Rattin so that it went away -, happened the idea to him of yellow & red cards and when it went away from Wembley to home.

Ken Aston reached the conclusion that many infractions were caused because the referees could not communicate with the players who spoke different languages.

While it was in his automobile before a red light, it was happened to him that the signals red and yellow to stop and to take notice were international symbols that they could adapt to soccer.

Yellow and red cards and were released in the World Cup of Mexico 1970. And never plus a player, like Bobby Charlton, it has returned to have doubts if it has been admonished or not.

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