By Chris Wright
In one of the oddest dismissals of 2015 so far, Mogi Mirim defender Paulão found himself on the receiving end of a red card when he decided, for reasons unknown, to swap his shirt number at half-time during his side’s 3-2 home defeat against Bragantino in the Brazilian Serie B on Tuesday evening.
Having worn his usual No.4 jersey during the first half, Paulão chose to pull on a fresh shirt for the second half and, presumably inadvertently, swapped to the No.3 shirt by mistake.
After just six minutes after the restart, the referee noticed that Paulão was wearing the same shirt number as his teammate Fabio Sanches and duly showed the centre-back a yellow card for attempted identity fraud.
As Paulão had already been booked in the first half, the net result was that Mogi Mirim (the club Rivaldo both owns and still plays for) were forced to play the remainder of the game with ten men – which they went on to lose at the death courtesy of Bragantino’s 93rd-minute winning goal.
(Via Guardian Football)