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Botafogo's Seedorf 'surprised' at red card


Botafogo's Clarence Seedorf says he was 'surprised' at the referee's decision to send him off in their recent match for leaving the pitch in an incorrect manner.

The Dutch midfielder was heading toward his team's bench in stoppage time of Botafogo's 2-1 win over Madureira on Sunday when the referee stopped him and pointed toward the nearest sideline to save time. But Seedorf refused, prompting the first yellow card.

As the referee was putting the card back in his pocket, Seedorf turned around and sprinted toward the bench again, upsetting the official further and leading to the second yellow and eventual red card.

"Why can't I go out the other way?" the 36-year-old Seedorf asked. "I didn't understand anything."

Referee Philip Georg Bennet said in his post-match report that Seedorf described his request to leave the field through the near sideline a joke, and that the player said he would leave "anywhere he wanted."

Botafogo club directors on Monday dismissed the referee's claims in the report and said the team's legal department would likely contest the red card.

Botafogo coach Oswaldo Oliveira lamented the referee's decision: "Seedorf is shaken by what happened."

Source: The Boston Herald


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