Why did referee use circular red card during FA Cup game between Wrexham and Sheffield United? Reason revealed amid fan queries

The referee used a circular red card in the FA Cup
The referee used a circular red card in the FA Cup.

The FA Cup clash between Wrexham and Sheffield United was an action-packed affair. The fourth round game between the two sides ended 3-3., with John Egan scoring the final goal of the game in the fifth minute of injury time.

However, the main talking point of the contest came in the 71st minute, when Daniel Jebbison was sent off. Jebbison, instead of being shown a regular rectangular shape card, was shown a circular-shaped one.

The incident left fans wondering why the referee brought out the circular-shaped card. They expressed confusion on social media. Here are some of the best reactions from fans:

@sportbible No fans were left more confused about the issuing of the red card
@sportbible It wasn't the shape of the card. Just, why?
@sportbible Is it because it didn’t want to identify as a rectangle
@sportbible What happened is the ref forgot his red card and there wasn’t another available. So they had to go to a nearby working men’s club , they got a beer mat and sprayed it red

While some were left confused, others pointed out that the circular red card has been in use for a while. In fact, as many pointed out, it's an old trick to help colour-blind players differentiate between the two cards. The different shapes also help referees understand which color card he's pulling out from his pocket.

Ref Chat Forum explained the distinct shape of the card in detail (via Sport BIBLE):

"The circular and oval cards were originally introduced to "assist" players who couldn't differentiate between the colours. It was also to help the referee who wanted to pull out the quick card, the shape telling him which card he was pulling out."

The circular red card is an old trick that has existed in the game for a while now. While it was used more often in the 90s, the card has been brought out in the FA Cup in recent times, most recently in 2021.

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Kaoru Mitoma then scored a sensational last-ditch goal to secure a win for the Seagulls, ending the holders' run in the competition.

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