red card

red card (plural red cards)

  1. (sports) A card displayed by the referee when a player is sent off for a serious infringement of the rules.
    In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Argentine player Diego Maradona was given a red card for striking a US player Tab Ramos.
  2. (colloquial) Any official instructions to vacate an area.
    I hoped to park in the members' area but the attendant showed me the red card.
  • French: carton rouge
  • German: rote Karte
  • Italian: cartellino rosso
  • Portuguese: cartão vermelho
  • Russian: кра́сная ка́рточка
  • Spanish: tarjeta roja

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