The Dutch midfielder was heading towards his team’s bench during a stoppage of 2-1 victories over Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro Madureira state championship on Sunday when the referee stopped him and pointed toward the nearest sideline to save time. But Seedorf refused, prompting the first yellow card.
As the jury was putting the card back in his pocket, turned around and sprinted Seedorf to the court again, upsetting officials further and lead to eventual second yellow and red cards.
“Why can not I go the other way?” The 37-year-old Seedorf asked.” I do not understand anything.”
Georg Philip Bennet judge said in his post-match report described Seedorf his request to leave the field through the near sideline joke, and he said the player leave “anywhere he wants.”
Botafogo coach Oswaldo Oliveira judge lamented the decision.
” Seedorf was shaken by what happened,” he said.
Earlier in the match, the Brazilian judge made another controversial decision, reversing his own penalty call for Botafogo. Seedorf is set to take the spot kick when Bennet took the ball away, later saying he was advised by a linesman a Botafogo player was offside.
The red card came after Seedorf has set up the first goal and scored the second Botafogo what the second stage of the Rio state championship.
The veteran midfielder helped Botafogo win the Guanabara Cup, the first stage of the competition, earlier this month for his first title since moving to Brazil last year.
This is only the second time in his career Seedorf was sent off. The first time was when he played for AC Milan.
Botafogo Seedorf came as one of the largest transfers by a foreign player in Brazil. He won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, with Real Madrid in 1998 and Milan in 2003 and 2007. The midfielder played in the 1998 World Cup in the Netherlands, including the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships.