Goalkeeper sent off BEFORE kick-off in cup final after VAR catches him making ‘provocative’ gestures towards rival fans

The goalkeeper was shown a red card seconds before the start of the cup final after the VAR caught him making sharp gestures towards opposing fans.

Jean Fernandez was ordered to walk by the referee in Paraguay after “trolling” the fans behind the goal he was about to defend by crossing his arms in front of his throat.

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Fernandes was caught making provocative gestures towards rival fans ahead of the Cup Final
But the referee was not amused and sent him off before the match started

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But the referee was not amused and sent him off before the match started
The shocking goalkeeper protested his innocence but the referee had none of it

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The shocking goalkeeper protested his innocence but the referee had none of it

Goalkeeper Ciro Porteno had just arrived at the goal crater to prepare himself for the start of the match against Olympia in the Super Cup final in Paraguay when he was photographed heading towards the crowd and making a quick hand gesture.

Even worse, his team lost 3-1 to their arch-rival.

Footage from the extraordinary sequence of events showed Fernandes bending over to let go of the rosary inside his left leg before standing up and making a gesture that match officials deemed “provocative” and worthy of a red card.

He was directed to the center of the circle where VAR officials watched a replay of his actions before referee Eber Aquino ordered him off the field before making a one-off tackle.

Fernandez, who is on loan to Cerro Porteno from soccer club Sao Paulo, protested the decision on social media by claiming that his expulsion was the result of a “misunderstanding” and that he performed a Brazilian funk gesture called “vape” in his homeland used by footballers as a celebration.

He said: “When I went to put my rosary next to the goalpost, which is something I always do, the rival fans started throwing many things at me including fireworks.

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“It was a reaction with a gesture which is normal in Brazil. A player named Gerson celebrates like that. It’s called a ‘vapo’ gesture.”

“I don’t know what the referee thought, but he ended up giving me a red card. It was a misunderstanding.”

Cerro Porteno, the 2021 Clausura winner, was allowed to make up for Fernandes in goal and said they could still make their three substitutions during the match but remained on the bench.

Local reports say Cerro Porteno is now considering giving up plans to buy Fernandez, 26, after his surreal expulsion.

And after Sunday’s game, former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, now 40, announced that he played his last game for the Olympia team and will now leave the club.

He said: “I said this would be my last dance, but at the club. I will continue to play but not now at Olympia.

“I gave it my all and I’ll leave glad I did.”

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