Joeri Van der Velde – The grinch who ruined Christmas

Posted by - December 29, 2012 - Oddballs

Remember the name as the man who ruined Christmas – step forward Joeri Van Der Velde.

This is the man who booked Charleroi player Giuseppe Rossini for displaying his undershirt during his side’s game against Mons.

Rossini’s short was displaying a message to his recently passed grandfather, wishing him to rest in peace alongside the picture of a cross. The player was visibly affected, bursting into tears after his goal whilst issuing the gesture.

In a gesture of his own, the referee showed the crying player a yallow card.

Spotted on 101GG

  • Ungrinch

    Shirt off is a booking, it’s in the official interpretation of laws of the game (Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct). It’s not as if the referee has any discretion in the matter, it’s not a judgement call. The wording is NOT ‘if, if the opinion of the referee…’.