Mario Balotelli’s match lasted only seven minutes on Sunday and he could now find himself with even less playing time in the coming weeks.
Balotelli came on as a substitute in the 74th minute of Brescia’s 2-2 draw against Cagliari but shortly afterward was shown a yellow card for a high tackle and then immediately shown a second after repeatedly swearing at the referee.
Depending on what referee Antonio Giua writes in his report, Balotelli could be suspended for several matches.
The forward will certainly miss Brescia’s next match, against former team AC Milan. “I think the yellow card was too harsh. Mario didn’t feel it was right, and his protests didn’t seem excessive to me,”
Brescia coach Eugenio Corini said. “It’s a pity because he came on with the desire to make us win the match.”
Balotelli was banned for the first four matches of the Serie A season following a red card in his last match with Marseille last season.
“It’s incredible how one episode can always drastically change from too negative or too positive everyone’s opinion on the character or professionalism of a person,” Balotelli wrote on his Instagram story after the match. “I will continue with my daily work this time, too. It’s not a problem. You can continue to judge me as you wish.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in his first Champions League match for Juventus but his sister, a die-hard fan of the Portugal international player, says the red card was “a shame” to football development.
The complainant, Katia Aveiro, says Ronaldo’s “enemies” are out to destroy him.
‘It’s a proof that he [Ronaldo] is facing a clique of top football administrators who have evil intents,’ Katia said.
Ronaldo’s painful outing against Valencia started in the 29th minute when he confronted Jeison Murillo for an alleged foul inside the 18-yard box.
Andujar Oliver (the officiating referee) watched Ronaldo, who went over to caution Murillo but appeared to have pulled at the Valencia player’s hair.
After consulting Felix Brych (assistant referee), Oliver reached for his red card and showed Ronaldo the way out.
‘He swiped at the Valencia player and then pulled his hair,’ Oliver told Marca in a post-match interview. Ronaldo cried in frustration and theatrically delayed his exit from the pitch.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9887223a) Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus after receiving red card Valencia CF v Juventus, Champions League, Group stage, Group E, date 1. Football, Mestalla Stadium, Barcelona, Spain – 19 SEP 2018
‘That was a big shame for football…Justice will be done,’ Katia shared on social media. ‘They are out to destroy my brother’s career, but God never sleeps.
‘They will surely pay his tears.’
‘They wish to bring you down,’ Katia referred to Ronaldo, ‘but they won’t succeed.’
The red card was Ronaldo’s 11th and his first in Champions League.
Although the Serie A champions extracted all three points from Valencia thanks to two spot kicks converted by Miralem Pjanic, it was Juve goalkeeper, Neto, who got the loudest ovation for keeping a clean sheet with four saves in the away game, including a penalty from Mestella’s Dani Parejo.
Jamie Vardy’s red card has been upheld by the English Football Association despite an appeal from Leicester City. The player was sent off during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League.
Vardy, 29, gained fame as the club’s highest goal scorer during their historical 2015/16 season.
His dangerous two-footed tackle on Mame Diouf attracted a straight red card from Craig Pawson in the 28th minute.
“The Club has subsequently made its case for an instance of wrongful dismissal and expects to hear the outcome of the appeal in the coming days,”Leicester said on their website. (www.lcfc.com)
Image: Jamie Vardy
Disappointingly, the FA has confirmed in an official statement that the player must serve a three-match ban.
An FA statement read: “Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
“The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said the red card was a wrong decision from the officiating referee.
The Foxes were 2-0 down but fought hard enough to get a draw after two late goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey.
Leicester City, currently 15th in the table, will host Everton on 26 December, and West Ham United on 31 December – without Vardy, who is their top striker.
The player will also miss their match against Middlesbrough as the champions struggle to stay away from relegation with only 3 points.
Luis Naniwill miss Valencia’s first La Liga game of the 2016/17 season because he’s yet to serve a red card earned while playing for Fernerbahce during the Turkish Cup Final.
Nani left Manchester United for the Turkish side but spent a season before moving on loan to his former club Sporting Lisbon.
Image: Luis Nani
Super Deporte notes the Portugal forward was dismissed after full time of Galatasaray’s 1-0 win over Fenerbahce and hadn’t served his suspension by the time he joined Los Che, Football Espana wrote.
As a result of the ban, Nani will miss Valencia’s opener against Las Palmas at Mestalla.
This unavoidable delay means the 29-year-old will have to wait for a debut League game until August 27 at Eibar, and his “home bow” to September 11, when they play Real Betis after the international break.
Reports confirm Luis Nani was sent off for confronting referee Mete Kalkavan at full time during the Turkish Cup Final. The former Manchester United winger had grudges with the match official’s performance and wanted to express how he felt.
In response to the player’s “bad review”, the referee booked him for a yellow and that decision provoked increased complaints.
As Nani charged in anger, Mete showed him a red card–marking a start for FIFA’s new rules which aim at protecting match officials and keeping violence in check.
Image: Luis Nani
The Portugal international player made 55 league appearances in his last two spells in as many seasons, scoring on 15 different occasions but has failed to win a major trophy since leaving the Red Devils.