Video: Watch Cruz Azul coach being sent off for dancing
Cruz Azul manager Tomas Boy was sent off for the oddest of reasons in his side’s derby against rivals Club America in the Liga MX, Mexico’s national football league. The 63-year-old celebrated a last minute equalizer in wild fashion and was sent off for his reaction, which was deemed provocative by the referee.
Mexico’s premier derby takes place between Club America and Guadalajara, but the fixture between Cruz Azul and Club America is no less explosive, given the moniker ‘clasico joven’ (junior derby). As such, emotions were understandably high as Club America took a 3-1 lead in the 53rd minute.
Two red cards for America followed, allowing Cruz Azul to claw their way back into the game, and when Joao Rojas equalized for the ‘visitors’ in the final minute, Cruz Azul manager Tomas Boy went wild, dancing and waving his arms like a windmill in front of the America bench, infuriating his opponents.
Boy also got into an argument with America striker Dario Benedetto, and referee Jose Alfredo Penaloza had enough of the La Maquina manager’s antics, sending Boy off in ugly scenes after the game had ended.
In his press conference after the game, Boy indulged in a bit of dark humour, saying “There ought to be a directive from the referees’ commission listing the permitted celebrations.” Boy has previous when it comes to odd celebrations. Here’s a video of him dancing along the touchline, which proves that perhaps the Mexico City native should stick to managing:
With such entertainment on offer, perhaps it is time to tune into Mexico’s national league. Maybe if Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola resort to similar waltzing on the touchline, TV companies will pay a lot more that the 5 billion pounds for the rights to the Premier League next season. Take a bow, Boy. Or rather, don’t – the referee might send you off.