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International defender Rodinei has some awkward explanations to make to a generous supporter, after he was sent off against parent club Flamengo, a match in which he was only allowed to play after a fan coughed up around £ 130,000 of his own money.
Heading into the game, Inter had hoped to get by without the 29-year-old, who came on loan from Flamengo in the summer. But it was a great match in the context of the title, with a single point separating the two teams, and one fan wanted their team to be in top form.
Aware of a clause in the loan agreement that would allow Rodinei to play against his parent team provided a payment of R $ 1 million (approximately £ 130,000) was made, a fan from Cuiabá contacted the club to pay the fee. that I would pay. allow it to appear.
The club enthusiastically announced the donation in its website, and for about 49 minutes of the game, it was a decision that seemed to be paying off …
The game balanced on the razor’s edge after Giorgian de Arrascaeta nullified Edenilson’s early penalty, but then Rodinei stomped on Atlético and Chelsea defender Filipe Luis and it all went to hell.
After a brief review of the VAR, the right-back turned red, and Gabriel Barbosa went on to score the winner for Flamengo, who fought with their rivals’ first place for the title.
The red card means that Rodinei will now serve a three-game suspension and will not play the last game of his regular season against Corinthians on Friday.
So the donation not only hampered Inter that day, Rodinei will miss more games now than he would have missed without it.
Inter can still win the title, but now they will have to improve on Flamengo’s result to do so.
And there will be an advocate who will pray to heaven that they can, because he has to seriously apologize if they don’t.