Whose idea was it to award red and yellow cards?
Who first thought of the system of cards for cautions and sending-offs and when were they first used by referees?
Mar 23, 2011 | 18 : 38 PM
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Red and yellow cards were the brainchild of Ken Aston, a former teacher and soldier in the British Army who, after a spell as a referee, became chairman of FIFA's international referee's committee.

Aston had been the referee at one of the most violent games ever played, the infamous Battle of Santiago, between Italy and Chile in the 1962 World Cup. He is seen below, on the right, escorting Italy's Giorgio Ferrini off the pitch.

2011-03-23 18:54:22
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