Not all red cards are created equal, and this has got to be one of the softest ones we can remember.
Clarence Seedorf, the former Dutch international midfielder noted for the lack of bookings he has received during a long career, might have to come up with a new reputation after Sunday. That's because on Sunday, the 36-year-old received one of the most memorably baffling red cards you're likely to see.
Seedorf, the former AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax and Sampdoria man, now plays for Botafogo in Brazil. On Sunday, he was sent off after receiving a pair of quick-fire yellow cards while being substituted.
Reuters UK explains:
On being substituted at the end, Seedorf… walked towards the Botafogo bench but was ordered by the referee to go off on the other side of the pitch to save time,
Seedorf protested, was booked, turned his back on the referee and was given another yellow card.
"I didn't understand anything," he told touchline reporters.
OK, so Seedorf was probably guilty of time-wasting but two yellow cards in a few seconds? Come on, ref!
Anyway, it was only the second red card of Seedorf's career, which spans more than 800 matches. Don't be too upset, though: Botafogo won the match anyway, 2-1 over Madureira, and Seedorf scored the winner in the 68th minute.
Interestingly enough, this wasn't the only controversial moment in the match. In the first half, Botafogo won a penalty, which Seedorf prepared to take—only for the ref to reverse his decision at the last second.
So, then: Is this a case of Seedorf gone wild? Or is this a referee with an unknown vendetta?
(h/t Dirty Tackle)