World Cup: Red and Yellow Cards through Game 50

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Winston Reid of New Zealand (L) celebrates scoring the first goal for his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between New Zealand and Slovakia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

We've had 204 cards through the first 50 games - an average of 3.96 yellows and 0.12 reds per game. You're probably wondering how it's possible to get a yellow card for excessive celebration - New Zealand's Winston Reid got one for taking his shirt off after scoring the tying goal against Slovakia in the 94th minute.

Reason Red Yellow 1st 2nd
Hand 1 13 12 1
Foul 1 134 131 3
Argument 0 8 7 1
Fight 3 1 1 0
Time Wasting 0 13 13 0
Excessive Celebration 0 1 1 0
Other 0 0 0 0
Dive 0 5 5 0
Persistent Infringement 0 3 3 0
Encroachment 0 2 2 0
Entering Field 0 0 0 0
Professional Foul 1 0 0 0
Dissent 0 8 7 1
Dangerous Play 0 0 0 0
Off-the-Ball Foul 0 10 9 1
Total 6 198 191 7

Just for reference's sake, here's the distribution of cards in the English Premier League over the last four seasons:

Reason Red Yellow 1st 2nd
Hand 4 151 145 6
Foul 75 3717 3620 97
Argument 3 386 383 3
Fight 25 75 73 2
Time Wasting 0 180 177 3
Excessive Celebration 0 82 81 1
Other 0 16 16 0
Dive 0 76 73 3
Persistent Infringement 0 54 54 0
Encroachment 0 36 36 0
Entering Field 0 1 1 0
Professional Foul 15 0 0 0
Dissent 0 198 196 2
Dangerous Play 0 2 1 1
Off-the-Ball Foul 0 36 35 1
Total 122 5010 4891 119

In England, there have been 3.30 yellow cards and 0.08 reds per game.

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