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Kaka given bizarre red card by bungling VAR after joke play fight with close friend and opponent

Brazil ace was given his marching orders despite both players finding the funny side to his antics

Kaka received the most bizarre red card of his career with the help of the bungling VAR.

The Brazilian was given his marching orders deep into stoppage time following a joke altercation with former team-mate and close friend Aurelien Collin.

Kaka jokingly grabbed his close friend Aurelien Collin during the melee

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Kaka jokingly grabbed his close friend Aurelien Collin during the melee

Kaka’s Orlando City were 3-1 down to New York Red Bulls when tempers boiled over and both sets of players came together.

But in the melee, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner saw the perfect opportunity to try and wind up Collin.

The former Real Madrid ace jokingly put his hands around the mouth of the opposition which was then laughed off by both players.

Laughter soon turned to confusion when the referee used the MLS’ new video replay system to reveal what sparked the handbags on the touchline.

And after consulting with the official, the referee deemed Kaka’s playful act as violent conduct and brandished a red card much to his disbelief.

Kaka’s team-mates were quick to protest and even Collin tried to explain to the referee that it was all good natured.

Both players found the funny side of the ordeal but the referee had different views

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Both players found the funny side of the ordeal but the referee had different views

Kaka used to be team-mates with Aurelien Collin during the duo’s time at Orlando

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Kaka used to be team-mates with Aurelien Collin during the duo’s time at Orlando

The 35-year-old will now face a suspension but Orlando are likely to appeal the decision.

Keeper Joe Bendik told Orlando Sentinel after the game: “Obviously the referees don’t know that Ricky and Aurelien are close friends, but when they look back at it and they see each other smiling.

“I don’t know, the referee is doing what he’s got to do. A little bit unfortunate.”


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