London : Referees are to issue yellow and red cards to English Premier League managers who misbehave on the touchline during FA Cup and League Cup matches in a pilot scheme for season 2018-19, the FA said on Wednesday.

In the Premier League, however, the managers will receive verbal warnings, not cards, for misconduct.

Among the transgressions punishable in the three competitions are: Inappropriate language and/or gestures toward the match officials which are an obvious show of dissent or an attempt to influence the decisions of the match officials – kicking or throwing water bottles, coats or similar objects in an obvious show of dissent -sarcastic clapping and/or gestures intended to undermine the authority of the match officials – entering the opponents’ technical area in an inappropriate manner -waving an imaginary yellow/red card.

The verbal warnings will be reported to the FA using the same process as player cautions and dismissals.

Four warnings will lead to an automatic one-match ban, while eight warnings equal a two-match suspension. A three-match ban will be handed out for 12 warnings, and 16 warnings will prompt an FA disciplinary hearing.

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