Football Language: To receive marching orders
When a player commits a second yellow card offence or receives a straight red card he or she is sent off, they cannot continue playing. Another phrase with a similar meaning is ‘receive your marching orders‘ as in ‘the player received his marching orders after a dangerous tackle’. This phrase has other meanings, so for example, according to the Cambridge online dictionary, it means that a worker has to leave their job, while one of our podcast listeners from Germany suggests that the phrase means that someone is given a special task to do when used in German.
Example: ‘…The 29-year-old scored in his first league game back to double Atleti’s lead but picked up a second yellow for jumping into the crowd at the (The Wanda Stadium) and received his marching order.’ (6th January 2018, Independent).
Example: ‘John Toshack gets his marching orders‘ (Daily Express, Aug 14 2002) Here, Toshack was the manager of the Macedonian national team but was fired after only 8 games in charge.