Edinson Cavani sent off for trademark gun celebration

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Paris Saint Germain’s 3-1 victory over Lens on Friday night was overshadowed by a red card for £55m striker Edinson Cavani after his trademark gun celebration.

Cavani’s scored PSG’s third in the 55th minute, after Yohan Cabaye had cancelled out Adama Coulibaly’s early strike and Maxwell had given PSG the lead.

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Lens had Jean-Philippe Gbamin sent off for conceding a penalty, which Cavani then scored. He celebrated in his usual fashion, with the gun salute, but was booked by referee Nicolas Rainville.

In protest, the Uruguayan international grabbed hold of the referee’s arm, which earned him another booking immediately and a red card.

Cavani surprised

Cavani looked suitably shocked, although PSG held on relatively comfortably for a 3-1 away victory, which earned them three points and moved them up to second in the Ligue 1 table. They are now four points back from Marseille.

That wasn’t the last red card though, as referee Rainville dished out a third of the match to Lens midfielder Jerome Le Moigne.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured, Cavani was leading the attack but PSG now face being without both main strikers if Cavani’s suspension is enforced.

PSG response

From the sounds of PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi after the game, it seems like PSG will look to contest the decision.

He said: “He doesn't deserve this red card. Why did he get this yellow card before? He always celebrates the same way."

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