When FC Porto Midfielder Fernando Celebrated Wildly After Referee Gave Him A Red Card
In one of the more bizarre moments in football history, former Manchester City and Galatasaray midfielder Fernando once celebrated like he'd just won the Champions League after being sent off in a game.
The Brazilian, who now plays for La Liga side Sevilla, was playing for FC Porto in their final league fixture of the 2008/09 campaign when he was given his marching orders against bitter rivals Sporting CP.
It was a fairly innocuous challenge from Fernando but despite a lack of contact, the no-nonsense referee decided to send him off with just seconds remaining.
A delighted, blue-haired Fernando, meanwhile, threw his arms in the air and danced off the Estádio do Dragão pitch as Jesualdo Ferreira's side prepared to celebrate another Primeira Liga title win.
FC Porto finished four points ahead of Sporting in the 2008/09 season, securing a fourth consecutive title for the second time in the club's history.
But it was this outrageous moment involving Fernando that will remembered most by many. Incredible stuff.
Porto were celebrating their title on that match, thus the hair dye and celebration
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In terms of bizarre red card decisions though, nobody comes close to Non-League striker Lee Todd, who received the fastest red card in history during a clash between Cross Farm Park Celtic and Taunton East Reach Wanderers in 2000.
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The incident played out just moments after both teams entered the field of play.
"We were about to kick-off and the referee reminded us about swearing, like he normally did." Todd told SPORTbible. "And as he walked past me, he blew the whistle for kick-off but blew it right in my ear.
"I bent down, muttered "fuck me ref, that was loud!" and the next thing I knew, I had a red card in my face."
Just two seconds in and Kearle had given the Cross Farm Park Celtic striker his marching orders, citing 'foul and abusive language' as the reason behind his early bath.
The 22-year-old was fined £27 and banned for 35 days for the "Fuck me, that was loud!" comment.
"I let him know that he nearly burst my eardrum." Lee, now 42, says. "I was like, 'are you are taking the piss' and he said 'no, you're off. You've just swore and I told you not to.'
"Before the game he said any swearing was unacceptable but all I did was bend down, with my head in my hands and just shouted. That's all I did. It wasn't directed towards him. I was just swearing to myself.
"I thought he was just taking the mick."
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