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Andreas Pereira booked after scoring first Granada goal for Chapecoense tribute

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The entire football world has united this week following the devastating plane crash in Colombia on November 28 in which 71 people, including 19 Chapecoense players lost their lives.

Andreas Pereira, currently on loan at Granada from Manchester United, attempted to pay his respects to those who died when he gave the 20th-placed La Liga side a shock lead against high-flying Sevilla with a smart, close-range finish - however he was punished for doing so.

After being mobbed by his teammates following his goal, the Belgian-born Brazilian ran to the camera to display a message on his undershirt which read "#ForcaChape", but, as you can see in the video below, he was given a yellow card just seconds later:

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It was the 20-year-old's first goal for Granada, and while the rules state a player should be booked for this type of action (even if they don't completely remove their shirt), given the circumstances, surely referees must starting using some common sense when applying the rules of game.

The incident comes three days after Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani was awarded with a yellow card for doing a similar thing when he celebrated his penalty in the French champions' 2-0 league win over Angers.

Man United manager Jose Mourinho loaned out Pereira so that he could be guaranteed first-team football and the promising playmaker has enjoyed exactly that, albeit in a struggling side set to face a serious relegation battle.

The young attacking midfielder, who shone for Brazil at last year's FIFA Under-20 World Cup, has now made 13 appearances for Granada, which is as many matches as he's played in for his parent club thus far, which included a wonderful free-kick against Ipswich last season.

Surely the referee was wrong to book Pereira for this tribute! What do YOU think? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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