Picking up deliberate yellow cards is nothing new in football.
It’s already happened on a couple of occasions this season in the Champions League with Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal both seemingly doing just that.
With both clubs already qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League, they entered their penultimate group match knowing they could get a ‘clean slate’ of terms of bookings as they enter the knockout stages if they pick up a yellow card.
While De Bruyne’s booking against Feyenoord wasn’t investigated by UEFA, they banned Carvajal for two matches for his deliberate yellow card which he received for time-wasting in the 90th minute during Madrid’s 6-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.
And a deliberate yellow card may have been picked up in the Premier League on Saturday - well, that’s what plenty of football fans think.
And the player that received it? Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.
Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners against Southampton thanks to Alonso’s goal but it was his yellow card in the 94th-minute that was very suspicious. It was his fifth of the season meaning he's now suspended for one match.
Ok, it’s not too surprising to see a player get booked for time-wasting in the final few minutes when they’re defending a one-goal lead. But it was the manner of the booking as the Spaniard took an age to take a corner-kick that had people calling for the FA to investigate.
But why would Alonso want to get booked on purpose?
Well, Chelsea face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night - a match that Alonso was always likely to be rested in. It means he will now be suspended for the quarter-final but his slate is now wiped clean ahead of Chelsea’s league match against Everton next Saturday.
Football fans aren't happy
Check out the reaction from several suspicious people:
It’s unlikely that the FA will investigate Alonso for his sneaky behaviour but, after Carvajal was punished for something very similar, you never know.
The scoreline will probably help Alonso, though. It’s a lot harder to prove you’ve deliberately picked up a yellow card when you’re only 1-0 up than when you’re 6-0 up and already qualified from your group…
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