Football Expression: To be booked
To be booked means to receive a yellow card from the referee. Of course if you have two yellow cards, or a second booking, you are given a red card and are sent off the pitch. You can be booked for all sorts of things: for example, a dangerous tackle, kicking the ball away when the opposing team has been awarded a free-kick, dissent (this means arguing with the referee), or using foul language (swearing, using bad words). We use the phrase because the referee writes the player’s name in his book when he/she gives a card.
- Example: Players making VAR review ‘TV’ signal to receive yellow cards (to be booked) (ESPN, 28 May 2018)
- Example: Twenty four players have been booked for fouling Traore already this season – each one brings the threat of injury (Atlantic, December 15 2019)
Attribution: Jon Candy from Cardiff, Wales / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)