Caen keeper sent off after protesting Lille 'robot' dance celebration

The veteran stopper was incensed by Nicolas Pepe's "robot" celebration in front of the home fans, arguing angrily with the Ivorian winger over what he seemingly felt was a provocation.

Published: 14th January 2018 02:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2018 02:52 PM   |  A+A-

Caen's French goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre (C) leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Lille (LOSC) on December 13, 2018, at the Michel d'Ornano stadium, in Caen, northwestern France | Photo: AFP

By AFP

Caen goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre was sent off during Saturday's Ligue 1 match against Lille after furiously protesting against a goal celebration just before half-time.

The veteran stopper was incensed by Nicolas Pepe's "robot" celebration in front of the home fans, arguing angrily with the Ivorian winger over what he seemingly felt was a provocation.

But Pepe appeared to be playing it up for a camera in front of him, and the 37-year-old Vercoutre was shown a straight red card by referee Johan Hamel to leave his team 1-0 and a man down.

The decision drew the ire of Caen's Vincent Bessat, who told beIN Sports at half-time: "The referee has just killed the match."

However Lille defender Fode Ballo-Toure was then sent off seven minutes after the break following a bad foul to leave both sides with ten men on the field.

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