Scotland top table of Europe’s best disciplined sides

first_imgWhile Germany have had less individual players booked, Sami Khedira picked up two yellow cards and missed their 7-0 win over San Marino. If any of the players see yellow at Hampden they will sit out Sunday’s final qualifier away to Slovenia.Further bad news for Scotland is the suspensions carry over to the play-offs so Strachan could still be without any of his four players should they make the two-legged showdown in November.According to Art 17.3 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, “if a player receives a caution in two separate matches of the same FIFA competition, he is automatically suspended from the next match in that competition”.Qualifying group matches and play-off matches are all considered part of the preliminary competition and, as such, match suspensions resulting from two cautions imposed in different group matches will be carried over to play-off matches. Scotland are Europe’s joint best disciplined side in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers so far having picked up just five bookings in eight games.Germany are the only other side to have been shown as few yellow cards and sit equal top of the table with Gordon Strachan’s men when it comes to good behaviour.Leigh Griffiths, Grant Hanley, James McArthur and Charlie Mulgrew all walk suspension tightropes in Thursday evening’s game against Slovakia, having already been booked in previous qualifiers.Scott Brown is also one of the five but misses the final two games through injury.last_img read more