Raul Jimenez’s bizarre red card: Two yellows in 30 seconds vs. Manchester City, and Twitter was not kind

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It’s not exactly the sort of highlight Mexican international forward Raul Jimenez wanted to create in Wolves’ high-profile Premier League matchup against leader Manchester City.

Jimenez was the culprit of one of the most bizarre red cards in Premier League history when he managed to receive two yellow cards in the space of 30 seconds, resulting in an automatic sending-off.

It all happened in first-half stoppage time with Wolves deadlocked at 0-0 against Man City. First, Jimenez pulled back Rodri in midfield and was shown a caution by referee John Moss for stopping a promising attack.

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But after the whistle, Jimenez hung around the spot of the free kick, attempting to slow down the Man City restart and kill some more time as the halftime break neared. He failed to back off the ball by the 10 yards required by the Laws of the Game, and when he stuck out his leg and deflected the Man City free kick attempt, he left the referee with little choice. Just 30 seconds after showing him his first yellow, Moss brandished a second for delay of game, and the automatic red card followed:

Jimenez probably thought he could get away with being a nuisance on the free kick and that the referee would be lenient in the seconds that followed his first booking. But Man City’s Rodri was also clever in his own way. Seeing that Jimenez wasn’t complying with the regulation distance on the free kick, Rodri shot the ball in Jimenez’s vicinity knowing that contact with the ball by Jimenez would probably push the referee into action.

The Mexican forward has been one of the feel-good stories in the Premier League after scoring his first Premier League goal in his return from a horrific head injury. He has three goals and two assists in 16 appearances so far in 2021-22 and remains one of the most important players for a Wolves team hovering at mid-table.

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Stunned by the turn of events, Jimenez took his time coming off the field. He threw his headgear to the ground in frustration, each time jeered by the Man City fans. He’ll be suspended for Wolves’ next Premier League match at Brighton on Wednesday.

The visiting Wolves fans did applaud Jimenez as he plodded off the field, but social media wasn’t nearly as kind. The pundits laid into Jimenez, though some were also critical of the referee for issuing a soft first yellow.



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