Kalvin Phillips suspension explained with Leeds United team-mate also walking yellow cards tightrope

LEEDS United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips picked up another yellow card against Tottenham Hotspur and will now be suspended for the club's Premier League hosting of Brighton.

Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 3:17 pm
Updated Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 3:38 pm

Phillips was handed his fifth league booking of the season in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Spurs which was United's 17th game of the Premier League season.

Premier League rules state that any player amassing five bookings from their side's first 19 games of the Premier League campaign will serve a one-match suspension in the same competition.

Yellow cards are not carried over to the FA Cup or EFL Cup meaning Phillips will be available for selection for Sunday's third round FA Cup clash at Crawley Town.

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ONE-MATCH BAN: For Leeds United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

But Phillips will instead be banned for the Premier League hosting of Brighton on Saturday, January 16 which will be United's 18th game of the league campaign.

Phillips was booked with Leeds 3-0 down at Spurs with one minute left after bundling over Carlos Vinicius on the halfway line.

It means the Yorkshire Pirlo will miss out on a reunion and battle against Brighton's former Whites loanee and close friend Ben White in the contest at Elland Road.

With two games left until the 19 game cut-off point, Mateusz Klich is also walking a disciplinary tightrope with the Pole having amassed four bookings meaning one more in either of United's next two league games will earn the midfielder a one-game ban.

Captain Liam Cooper, who is currently injured, and Stuart Dallas, are both on three yellow cards for the season meaning cautions against both Brighton and Southampton would also see them banned for the clash at Newcastle United on Tuesday, January 26.

After the 19-game cut off point, players who accumulate ten yellow cards up to and including their side's 32nd game of the competition will serve a two-game ban.

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