GOALIE was shown a red card shortly before the national cup final began after VAR caught him making an exorbitant gesture towards a rival fan.
Jean Fernandes was introduced in Paraguay ordering the march after ‘trolling’ supporters behind the target he was about to defend by crossing his arms over his throat.
Shot saver Cerro Porteno had just reached the visitors’ goal in preparation for their opening game against Olimpia in the Paraguay Super Cup final when he captured the shot towards the crowd and made a quick move. hand.
And worse came for his team after they lost 3-1 to arch-rivals.
Footage of the unusual sequence of events shows Fernandes crouching to leave his rosary inside the left goal post before standing up and making a gesture that match officials deemed ‘provocative’ and deserving of an expulsion. export.
He is placed in the center circle like VAR Officials reviewed his actions before referee Eber Aquino ordered him off the field before he made a single save.
Fernandes, who is on loan at Cerro Porteno from Sao Paulo FC, protested the decision on social media by claiming his deportation was the result of a ‘misunderstanding’ and that he performed a Brazilian funk move called a ‘vape’ that In his hometown he is used by football players as a celebration.
He said: “When I put my rosary next to the goalpost, which I always do, the opposing fans started throwing a number of things at me, including firecrackers.
“I reacted by making a gesture that in Brazil is normal. A player called Gerson celebrated the same. It’s called the ‘vapo’ gesture.
“I don’t know what the referrer thought, but in the end he gave me a red card. It was a misunderstanding.”
Cerro Porteno, the Clausura 2021 champion, was allowed to replace Fernandes in goal and said they could still make three substitutions in the game but only one man remained on the bench.
Local reports say Cerro Porteno is now considering abandoning plans to buy Fernandes, 26, following his surreal departure.
After Sunday’s game former Blackburn Rovers and Man City striker, Roque Santa Cruz, 40 years old, claims to have played his last game for Olimpia and is now leaving the club.
He said: “I said this would be my last dance, but at the club. I will continue to play but not now in Olimpia.
“I gave everything and I’m satisfied with what I’ve done.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17038623/goalkeeper-sent-off-before-match-fans-var-gestures/ Goalkeeper sent off BEFORE start of national cup final after VAR caught him making ‘provocative’ gesture towards rival fans