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Simulacrum
04/07/13, 06:24am
Football-history:
The system of cautioning and dismissal has existed for many decades, but the idea of language-neutral coloured cards (yellow card/red card) originated with British referee Ken Aston, who got the idea while sitting in his car at a traffic light.

The first major use of the cards was in the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, but they were not made mandatory at all levels until 1982. (https://www.facebook.com/OFM.UK/posts/605472672818094)