2010 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record
Any player picking up a red card is expelled from the pitch and automatically banned for his country's next match, whether via a straight red or second yellow. After a straight red card, FIFA will conduct a hearing and may extend this ban beyond one match. If the ban extends beyond the end of the World Cup finals (i.e. if a player is sent off in the match in which his team was eliminated), it must be served in the team's next competitive international match(es).
Players also receive a one match ban if they pick up two yellow cards from the beginning of the group stage until the end of the quarterfinal matches at which point single yellow cards will be deleted. However, such a ban does not carry over beyond the World Cup finals if the second yellow card is collected in his team's last match of the tournament. Previously, players received a one game ban if they pick up two yellow cards within the group stage or within the knockout stage, however the rule was changed to give players a better chance to compete in the final should their team advance that far.
- Total number of yellow cards: 261
- Average yellow cards per match: 4.08
- Total number of red cards: 17
- Average red cards per match: 0.27
- First yellow card of the tournament: Efraín Juárez – Mexico against South Africa
- First red card of the tournament: Nicolás Lodeiro – Uruguay against France
- Fastest yellow card from kick off: 2nd minute – Humberto Suazo – Chile against Switzerland
- Fastest yellow card after coming on as a substitute: 1 minute – Abdelkader Ghezzal – Algeria against Slovenia (introduced in the 58th minute)
- Latest yellow card in a match without extra time: 90+5th minute – Hassan Yebda – Algeria against Slovenia, Mark van Bommel – Netherlands against Uruguay
- Latest yellow card in a match with extra time: 120+1st minute – Xavi – Spain against Netherlands
- Fastest dismissal from kick off: 24 minutes – Harry Kewell – Australia against Ghana
- Fastest dismissal of a substitute: 15 minutes – Abdelkader Ghezzal – Algeria against Slovenia (introduced in the 58th minute)
- Latest dismissal in a match without extra time: 90+3rd minute – Antar Yahia – Algeria against United States
- Latest dismissal in a match with extra time: 120+1st minute – Luis Suárez – Uruguay against Ghana
- Least time difference between two yellow cards given to the same player: 3 minutes – Kaká – Brazil against Ivory Coast (booked in the 85th minute and again in the 88th minute)
- Most yellow cards (team): 24 – Netherlands
- Most red cards (team): 2 – Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Uruguay
- Fewest yellow cards (team): 2 – North Korea
- Most yellow cards (player): 3 – Víctor Cáceres, Nigel de Jong, John Heitinga, Kaká, Aleksandar Luković, Gregory van der Wiel
- Most red cards (player): 1 – Valon Behrami, Tim Cahill, Ricardo Costa, Marco Estrada, Abdelkader Ghezzal, Yoann Gourcuff, Johnny Heitinga, Sani Kaita, Kaká, Harry Kewell, Itumeleng Khune, Miroslav Klose, Nicolás Lodeiro, Aleksandar Luković, Felipe Melo, Luis Suárez, Antar Yahia
- Most yellow cards (match): 14 – Netherlands vs Spain
- Most red cards (match): 1 – 17 different matches
- Fewest yellow cards (match): 0 – North Korea vs Ivory Coast, Germany vs Spain
- Most cards in one match: 14 yellow cards and 1 red card – Netherlands vs Spain
Note: In this table the "Yellow" column counts only the first yellow card given to a player in a match. If a player receives a second yellow in the same match this is counted under "Second yellow"
|Referee||Matches||Red||Yellow||Red Cards||PKs awarded|
|Yuichi Nishimura||4||2||17||1 straight red
1 second yellow
|Héctor Baldassi||4||2||14||1 straight red
1 second yellow
|Howard Webb||4||1||31||1 second yellow|
|Olegário Benquerença||3||1||12||1 straight red||2|
|Frank De Bleeckere||3||1||16||1 second yellow|
|Carlos Batres||3||1||14||1 second yellow||3|
|Alberto Undiano Mallenco||3||1||14||1 second yellow||2|
|Marco Antonio Rodríguez||2||2||9||1 straight red
1 second yellow
|Óscar Ruiz||2||2||5||2 straight reds|
|Khalil Al Ghamdi||2||1||15||1 straight red||1|
|Stéphane Lannoy||2||1||8||1 second yellow|
|Roberto Rosetti||2||1||5||1 straight red||1|
|Carlos Eugênio Simon||2||0||8|
|Massimo Busacca||1||1||2||1 straight red||1|
|Total||64||17||261||9 straight reds
8 second yellows
Note: Suspensions marked in italic are inactive suspensions.
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