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UEFA changes their suspension policy for the Champions and Europa Leagues

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It's about time

Matthias Hangst

UEFA has never been accused of being too aggressive or too quick with their changes, but today they've announced that they'll be altering the suspension system in place for their competitions next season. Here's what they had to say on the altered regulations:

"As of this season, all yellow cards from the beginning of the group stage will expire on completion of the quarterfinals. Bookings will therefore not be carried forward to the semifinals."

So a player will no longer be at risk of being suspended for the Champions League final or second semifinal leg without picking up a red card. That's a very, very sensible rule change that was long overdue.

This is obviously good news for Chelsea fans, as this season when we make it to the Champions League final, we won't have to deal with suspensions to key players like Branislav Ivanovic forcing us to use players like Jose Bosingwa instead. While it worked out just fine in 2012, I'd rather not see that ever again.