FC Basel Defender Aleksandar Dragovic Sent Off for Innocuous Celebration (Video)

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 4, 2013

FC Basel defender Aleksandar Dragovic drew a red card Sunday after scoring the winner in a Swiss League match against Servette. Upon further review, the whole thing might have been a misunderstanding.

Here's what happened.

With the score tied 1-1 in the 63rd, Dragovic nodded in a corner to give Basel their second and final lead of the match. To celebrate, he ran to the corner and then up the touchline before extending his right arm and touching it with his left hand.

At first glance, the gesture appeared somewhat provocative. The Servette fans responded with hissing and boos, and the referee sent off Dragovic for his second bookable offense.

Dragovic responded angrily, and his teammates had to restrain him. They held on for the victory, though, and moved within two points of Grasshoppers atop the Swiss league table.

But the celebration wasn't meant to inflame the fans, according to Dragovic.

"I had a bet with our assistant coach. If I scored with my head, I would have to run around the field," he said (via Reuters (h/t Dirty Tackle). "The gesture was aimed at him, not the Servette fans."

See for yourself. The goal, celebration and sending off appear in the clip above, which serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Monday. For the goal and the subsequent red card, fast forward to the 3:30 mark.

What do you think, readers? Was the referee right to send off Dragovic? Should the decision be overturned? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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