Bizarre red cards
While we’re all off consulting the rulebooks and watching endless replays to decide whether or not the red card which Nani received on Tuesday night was entirely warranted, here are a few red card decisions which, while clear-cut by the letter of the law, still baffle us to this day.
March 7th, 2013
This poor man was only trying to get the game restarted; as the player-manager of Dorchester Town his frustration began to mount during a game against Havant & Waterlooville when the pitch was invaded by a man wearing a Borat-style swimming costume. Vickers lost his temper, ran over and tackled the man to the ground; he was shown his marching orders by the referee seconds later. Obviously these days, the rules against unsportsmanlike conduct apply just as much to the spectators as they do to the players.
The rules of sportsmanlike conduct presumably don’t extend to the removal of clothing as part of a goal celebration, but that’s precisely the fate which befell Robinho during a game for Real Madrid against La Liga challengers Sevilla.
Such was his relief when he got the ball home to put his side 2-1 up and ease the pressure in the title race, that he celebrated by removing his shirt and swinging it around during a run across the pitch. Unfortunately for Pele’s personal heir apparent, it was a bookable offence – and his second of the match.
There shouldn’t be an excuse for the rending of one’s garments after scoring a goal, but under different circumstances entirely it still got one player into trouble.
In a November 2011 match for Ukrainian team Dnipro, the Ghanaian defender was substituted. As he came off the pitch, only inches from the touchline, he removed his shirt while still technically on the field. The yellow card he received was also his second; the sub never took place.