IT is not just England footballers who could be facing the red card this summer - Kirklees councillors could face being sent off the debating pitch too.
It will not be a referee dispensing discipline, but the new Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Donald Firth.
Clr Firth is introducing a new yellow card and red card system to control council chamber debates.
If a councillor disobeys standing orders - the rules which govern council meetings - they can be given a yellow card as a warning.
If they repeat the unruly behaviour, a red card is given and the councillor would be asked to leave the debating chamber.
Clr Firth said he hoped he would not have to use the system - but would be willing to hand out punishment if necessary.
He said: "I hope I don't have to use it, but I will if necessary. It is a deterrent.
"I thought before I took office that we should have a system like this.
"Sometimes if people get excited about a subject you get everyone standing up to speak and many different debates going on at once.
"You can't hear what anybody's saying properly and don't make progress. This kind of system works in football and I think there is no reason it can't work in council chambers."
Clr Firth expects the new system to be in place from the next full council meeting on June 28.