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FIFA WORLD CUP FLASH BACK

Mexico 1970 was the first edition of the FIFA World Cup that permitted the use of substitutions, as well as yellow and red cards. However, no player was shown a red card in 1970.

The first ever substitute at the FIFA World Cup was Soviet Union’s Anatoliy Puzach, replacing Viktor Serebryanikov in the opening match against Mexico on 31 May 1970.

The first ever player to receive a yellow card at the FIFA World Cup was Soviet Union’s Evgeny Lovchev in the opening match against Mexico on 31 May 1970.

The first ever player to be shown a red card at the FIFA World Cup was Chile’s Carlos Caszely in a match against West Germany on 14 June 1974.

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