Is there any instance of more than 11 players from one team, on field during a professional football match? If yes, then what action was taken against the team?

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    This question describes a friendly match between Dinamo Moscow and Arsenal in which Dinamo allegedly ended up with 12 men at one point due to foggy conditions. I'm not posting it as an answer, since it was only a friendly and not a competitive fixture, but it's still worth mentioning.
    – F1Krazy
    Oct 31, 2019 at 15:28

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A well documented occasion happened during the Dutch national championship in 2015, Utrecht versus Ajax. Edouard Duplan, Utrecht's forward, had an injury and left the field for medical attention. Meanwhile, the coach replaced him with Tommy Oar.

However, Duplan recovered and stepped into the field again without realising that Oar had already replaced him. It took two minutes until the referee realised the issue, apparently because people were laughing and booing.

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In the image above you can see 11 players (12 with the goalkeeper, which is not visible).

Here is a link (disclaimer, I don't speak Dutch): https://www.voetbalprimeur.nl/nieuws/430022/duplan-over-lachwekkend-moment-dus-ik-dacht-dat-kan-maar-n-ding-zijn-.html?itm_source=www.voetbalprimeur.nl&itm_medium=Navigatie%20Pijltjes

PS: In the comment below OP asks if any action was taken. Despite not finding anything online I don't think that that was the case, because everybody saw that Duplan made a mistake in good faith. That, for instance, is very different from what happened in the Santos vs Corinthians match for the Brazilian championship in 2006, in which Santos' coach deliberately put 12 players in the field for the kick-off, just to cause confusion ("confusion and delay", I should say, because it took 15 minutes for the match to start).

  • Was any action taken against them? Nov 1, 2019 at 8:48
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    @adithskv I didn't find anything regarding this, but I don't think so: everybody saw that the mistake was done in good faith. Nov 1, 2019 at 9:32
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    transfermarkt.co.uk/spielbericht/index/spielbericht/2459843 according to this report no action was taken. A mistake like that should lead to a yellow card for Duplan, but he was lucky in this case.
    – dly
    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:10
  • @dly that's funny: can a player already replaced receive an yellow card? I reckon he can, but still it's an interesting question. Nov 5, 2019 at 10:11
  • Yes, absolutely. Even a red card would be possible.
    – dly
    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:12

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