Maybe I'm foolish, maybe I'm blind!
Level 7 Referee
This may be an age thing, I was never looking for reasons to automatically book someone, stepped approach and all that. But to seriously believe that a sliding tackle is usually a yellow is frankly laughable. Most players aren’t thugs, they’re decent honest guys out for a bit of fun and fitness, just like us really. They don’t go into many tackles predetermined to hurt someone. If you think they do then maybe sensible refereeing needs you to take a reflection on what you are actually doing each weekend. That’s just sounds like drone revenue raising for your County FA. Yes, there are cardable tackles, but I’d say, keep your powder dry for the deserving ones! You would be a very lonely referee at the games I was involved with with that default trigger point!Often a player who gets the ball but still fouls, would have fouled regardless of whether they got the ball, usually because they make a sliding challenge that either goes through the opponent to get to the ball later or takes the whole lot at once.
That immediately brings it hovering around reckless - there is no regard at all for the safety of the opponent - and hence why it is most likely to get a card.
Also related is the tackle that gets the ball but doesn't contact the opponent because they took evasive action. Only because PIADM is an IFK offence and not called out specifically as USB does it not always merit a caution, but this is borderline, the "see-through card" (everything except the actual colour) should be applied.
This is not the same as saying getting both ball and player is a foul. Getting the ball in a way that shows due care, but that for unrelated reason ends up making contact or bringing the player down, is merely part of the physical game.