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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Yellow Fever' Plagues Opening Weekend

LONDON -- Euro 96 is suffering from a serious attack of yellow fever just two days into the tournament.


Italian referee Piero Ceccarini set the tone Sunday with seven yellow and two red cards in the drawn Bulgaria-Spain clash in Leeds.


English match official David Elleray then flashed his yellow card 10 times in Manchester as the German favorites opened up in style with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.


Six players -- four Portuguese and two Danes -- were cautioned in the closing match of the day, the third draw of the finals.


On Saturday, the yellow card was produced six times in the drawn opening game between England and Switzerland.


Bulgaria's 1-1 stalemate with Spain was overshadowed by the double dismissal of their defender Petar Hubchev and Spanish striker Juan Pizzi. They are both automatically suspended for their next matches, Hubchev against Romania and Pizzi against the young and talented France.


The dismissals were the first in 12 years of European championship finals and the seventh and eighth in total.


England's Alan Mullery was the first to be shown the red card in an opening game since Euro 68.


In all, 29 yellow and two red cards add up to an entire lineup with seven additional substitutes.


"If it goes on like this, I may have to field only nine players in my last group match against Italy," German coach Berti Vogts said after seeing six of his players cautioned against the Czechs


J--rgen Klinsmann missed the game through suspension and then saw six of his colleagues, Christian Ziege, Stefan Kuntz, Andreas M?ller, Markus Babbel, Stefan Reuter and Thomas H?ssler put themselves in danger of similar punishment after getting cautioned.