Let’s be honest, we’re still a little bit peeved that Demarai Gray was shown a yellow card for removing his shirt at Cardiff last weekend.
If you remember, Leicester were playing their first game since the tragic helicopter accident at the King Power Stadium that claimed the life of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as well as four others.
Emotions were running high for everyone associated with the club, so when Gray scored the opening goal in that match, he and his Leicester teammates charged towards the away supporters in joint-celebration, with Gray taking off his shirt to reveal a touching message to Srivaddhanaprabha underneath: ‘For Khun Vichai’.
Annoyingly, Gray was then booked by referee Lee Probert for removing his shirt.
Probert was clearly reluctant to book the young winger, but he was simply following the rules.
That’s why the referee’s there, after all.
We all know that it’s against the rules of the game for a player to remove their jersey, whether they’re revealing a message on a shirt worn underneath or otherwise.
So when Sol Bamba peeled off his Cardiff jersey this afternoon after scoring a 90th-minute winner in their game against Brighton, we were fairly perplexed to learn that the referee didn’t show him a card.
Did referee Martin Atkinson appreciate Bamba’s bare chest?
Perhaps, but the reason for his lack of booking is far simpler than that.
According Bamba, who was asked about the incident after the match, he said: “The ref asked if I took my shirt off and I said ‘no’.”
Lying to the referee? Naughty naughty.
But it’s strange that neither Atkinson nor his assistants failed to spot the offence.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock certainly thought it was an odd decision not to book his player, saying: “I don’t think Martin will have done that on purpose, if he didn’t see it that is what linesmen are for isn’t it?
“I did mention to the referee when he warned us before the game about taking your shirt off that I hoped three of my lads got booked for taking off their shirts today, because we don’t score too many goals, do we?”
We’re sure the should-players-be-booked-for-taking-their-shirt-off debate will rumble on in the coming weeks following this one.
- Demarai Gray gets booked for taking his shirt off in a tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
- Salomon Rondon scores the most Shearer-esque header at St. James Park since… Alan Shearer
- Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona were a match made in heaven – so what’s gone wrong?
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