Thursday, November 06, 2008

Learning Moment for Soccer Players--How Not to Act When Getting a Yellow Card

Brazilian side Botafogo was facing Argentianian side Estudiantes in a Copa Sudamericana match in Buenos Aries. Botafogo defender Luis Andres received a yellow card for what is described as persistent infringment. (that is repeatedly committing fouls or having a whole team foul the same player.

Match referee Carlos Chandia showed Andres the yellow card, which sent the mercurial defender into a rage. Then Andres did a bad, bad thing--he snatched the yellow card from Chandia's hand.

Well, Chandia, who looked shocked for a second, promptly reached into his back pocket and showed Andres the red card and sent him off. Which of course only enrage Andres furhter. Had it not been for the rest of the Botafogo squad crowding around Chandia, I wonder what would have happened. One Botafogo player had to physically grab Andres and get him off the field.

Ives Galarcep has the video.

So let this be a lesson for you kids out there. Never, ever, ever, never, snatch something from the referee's hand. I don't care if you are 6 or 26, you are going to get sent off.

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