The players of the twelve participants in the European Qualification Playoffs to the Soccer World Cup go without the risk of a threatening yellow lock for the finals in the games in March.
The World Association FIFA confirmed a report of the news agency AP, according to which individual warnings are deleted from the group stage of the qualification. This means that no national player would miss a possible final game around the ticket for the finals in Qatar (21 November to 18 December) because of a semi-final warning.
The twelve nations, including European champion Italy and Portugal, play in six semi-finals at the end of March in three finals. The winners of the finals create the jump to the World Cup, which takes place at the end of the year in Qatar. Already locked players who saw two yellow cards in the group stage, however, do not benefit from the scheme. This concerns, for example, star players Latin Ibrahimović, which — when nominated would be missing Sweden in the semi-final against the Czech Republic.