Player sent to the celebration after forgetting the yellow card

SAO PAULO: Corinthians midfielder Janderson was sent by a goal celebration after scoring in the derby 2-0 win Saints in Brazil São Paulo Championship on Sunday, saying later that he forgot he already had a yellow card.

At the start of the second half, the 20-year-old got clear of the Saints defence, finished with aplomb and then ran around behind the goal and climbed some steps to celebrate with Corinthians fans who hugged him.

However, upon returning to the field, he received a second yellow card, had been cautioned for a foul in the first half and put his head in his hands.

Unfortunately, I forgot that I had the yellow card and, in excitement, my first goal in a classic, I went to celebrate with the fans, he said.

Some commentators criticized the rule that led to his dismissal. Under the rule, leaving the field to celebrate a goal is not a prudent offense, but players must return as soon as possible.

The rule adds that climbing onto a perimeter fence and/or approaching the spectators in a manner which can cause safety and/or security issues is a bookable offence, although in Janderson 's case, this was borderline.

The player climbed steps, instead of fences, to reach fans and was open to the interpretation of whether his presence could have been a security risk.

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