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Do FA Cup and EFL Cup red cards count in Premier League? Player suspension rules and domestic cups explained

Granit Xhaka was sent off in last night’s 0-0 Carabao Cup semi-final draw between Arsenal and Liverpool at Anfield.

There was nothing to separate Liverpool and Arsenal in last night’s all-Premier League EFL Cup semi-final clash.

The match ended 0-0 which means the scores will still be level on aggregate when they meet again in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, January 20 with the eventual winner going on to face Chelsea in the final at Wembley.

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The main talking point from the game was a straight red card for Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka which saw the midfielder head for an early bath just 24 minutes in following a reckless, last man challenge on Liverpool’s Diego Jota.

Before the second leg of the semi-final there is a round of Premier League fixtures, but is Xhaka available for those or will he be serving his suspension?

Here’s everything you need to know about suspension rules in domestic cups:

Do EFL Cup red cards count in Premier League?

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka of Arsenal brings down Diogo Jota of Liverpool and gets sent off during the Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield

Red cards in the EFL Cup will see players suspended across all domestic competitions.

As of the 2019/20 season, the rules were changed so that suspensions from accumulating yellow cards only applied for the specific competition.

However, red cards still carry across all competitions.

For Xhaka, that means he will miss the massive North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend.

Xhaka was sent off for a reckless and late challenge on Diego Jota which saw the Arsenal man catch his opponent in the chest with a high boot.

Is is the Swizz midfielder’s second red card of the season after he was also sent off in the 5-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City back in August.

Do FA Cup red cards count in Premier League?

The same rules for the EFL Cup apply for the FA Cup and the Premier League.

Any player who receives a red car in any of those competitions is suspended across all domestic matches.

That means that any player who is shown a red card in the Premier League would miss the next domestic match, regardless of which competition it is.

For example, if a Chelsea player was red carded in their upcoming FA Cup match with Plymouth Argyle, on February 5, that player would be unavailable for the following Premier League match away to Crystal Palace and could also miss the EFL Cup final on February 27 depending on the length of the ban.

Do FA Cup and EFL Cup yellow cards count in Premier League?

As of the 2019/20 season, yellow cards in domestic competitions only count for the specific competition they were awarded in.

If a player received yellow cards in two consecutive FA Cup matches then they would miss their sides next FA Cup match but the ban would not apply to the EFL Cup or Premier League. The same rules apply for yellow cards awarded in the Premier League or EFL Cup towards the FA Cup and each other.

In the cup competitions, all yellow cards accumulated are wiped after the quarter-final stage and players can not miss the final due to accumulating yellow cards.

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