Sol Bamba explains how he avoided a booking for taking off his shirt in celebration

Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Cardiff picked up their second win of the Premier League season with a last-gasp victory over Brighton at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Neil Warnock’s side were behind after just six minutes after Lewis Dunk’s header but levelled 22 minutes later thanks to Callum Paterson.

Then, the Bluebirds were handed the initiative after Dale Stephens was shown a straight red card shortly after Cardiff’s equaliser.

But it looked as though the home side would have to settle for a point.

That was until an almighty scramble in the Brighton box resulted in Sol Bamba smashing the ball home to give Cardiff all three points.

Cue crazy celebrations - involving Bamba whipping off his shirt.

Seven days previously, Demarai Gray picked up a yellow card in the very same stadium when he took off his shirt to honour the death of former Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Lee Probert was the referee on that occasion and the decision to book Gray caused a debate among football fans.


But rules are rules, right?

Well, how come Bamba didn’t get booked for obviously taking off his shirt against Brighton then?

Martin Atkinson was the referee and Bamba has explained how he escaped without a caution - by telling a little lie.


"The ref asked if I took my shirt off and I said 'no'," said Bamba after the game.

How on earth didn't Atkinson see Bamba taking off his shirt!?

Cardiff boss, Warnock, was also bemused that no officials spotted it.

"I don't think Martin [Atkinson] will have done that on purpose, if he didn't see it that is what linesmen are for isn't it?" he said.

"I did mention to the referee when he warned us before the game about taking your shirt off that I hoped three of my lads got booked for taking off their shirts today, because we don't score too many goals, do we?"

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