Yaya Toure Sent Off 10 Seconds Into His 'Final Appearance' In China
By Tom Sanders
Man City legend Yaya Toure was sent off after just 10 seconds in what could be the last professional game of his career.
The Ivorian midfielder, 36, was shown a red card after aiming a kick at his opponent, and was dismissed following a VAR review.
In the last match of the season, Yaya Toure was sent off just 10 seconds into the game due to a retaliatory kick. Qingdao Huanghai, having secured promotion, were beaten by Nantong Zhiyun in front of home fans. It might be the last moment of the 36-year-old midfielder in China. pic.twitter.com/CU2SSF2bBz
- Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) November 2, 2019
The match was said to be the final game of Toure's career as a professional footballer for Chinese Division 1 side Qingdao Huangha, with his side eventually going on to lose 2-1 to Nantong Zhiyun.
The incident occurred after Qingdao started an early attack which ended with a shot on goal. Toure ended up tussling with his opponent and ended up kicking out at him.
The incident was picked up by VAR, which ended with the referee showing Toure a red card after reviewing the footage.
It appears that Toure wasn't too bothered about his dismissal though, taking to his Twitter after the game to celebrate his side's promotion.
"Yes... that's me! Celebrating another trophy on my Instagram stories" He tweeted.
Yes... that's me! Celebrating another trophy on my Instagram stories :grin:
Come join me... @ RealToureYaya :iphone: pic.twitter.com/H3zdaREUZd
- Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) November 2, 2019
Despite the defeat, Qingdao Huangha secured promotion to the Chiense Super League last week, finishing as champions of Chinese League One after picking up 57 points from their 30 matches this season.
Since joining the side in July, Toure has contributed 2 goals and three assists for the club in 14 appearances.
After securing promotion to the top flight last week, Toure tweeted: "Today we made history. Promotion!!!
"Next season Qingdao Huanghai FC will be where they should be... the Chinese Super League!!!
"I'm proud to help make this happen but I want the title....!!!! One more game to go"."
Today we made history :raised_hands:
Promotion!!! Next season Qingdao Huanghai FC will be where they should be... the Chinese Super League!!! :tada:
I'm proud to help make this happen but I want the title....!!!!
One more game to go :pray: pic.twitter.com/Pm5eDGjzqq
- Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) October 26, 2019
Yaya Toure is currently without a contract for next season, with runours circulating that he will not be re-signing for his current club.
But despite his victories in China the Ivorian legend will always be remembered for his time at Mancehster City, where he picked up seven trophies in eight years during his time at the club, playing a pivotal role in helping turn the club into one of the giants of world football.
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