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Clarence Seedorf sees red for going the wrong way

Mar 25, 2013, 7:10 AM EDT

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Here is your wheels-off moment in soccer to start the week:

It was supplied by Brazilian soccer and by Clarence Seedorf, the longtime former Dutch international who spent so many great years at AC Milan, Ajax, Sampdoria and Real Madrid.

Seedorf was being a bit of a brat in stoppage time as his team, Botafogo, milked the final seconds of a 2-1 win over Madureira.

So the veteran midfielder was sent off for going the wrong way during a late, stoppage time substitution. Seedorf later claimed he didn’t know what the referee was saying – but you don’t need an extensive resume in high-level world soccer to understand what’s going on here.

The referee wants to speed up play while the player wants to milk the clock, and thus the conflict.

Seedorf may speak no more Portuguese than I do … but he knew exactly what was going on. So, Seedorf saw one of the few reds of his career.

Some early reports said that Seedorf had played more than 800 official matches without being sent off, but the interwebs knocked that down; he apparently has been ejected at least once.

According to the Reuters report, the match was part of the Carioca championship, one of the regional tournaments that help launch Brazil’s league season.

Here’s the video. Enjoy:


  1. perrinbar - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Man, I wish more refs would force players off at the closest line. How hard is that rule to write? And it would cut down some on all this slow ass jogging off.

  2. nygiantstones - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    That ref is an idiot. He wasted more time trying to argue with the player and send him off the other side of the pitch than to just let the player go the long way. How hard is it for the ref to add 30 more seconds of extra time at the end of the match? I’m fine with the yellow card, the player was hustling back to the bench after that…but the red card was overkill.

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