In a surprising twist, Mason Greenwood’s red card for dissent during Getafe’s clash with Rayo Vallecano has been overturned by Spanish football authorities.
The 22-year-old faced the dismissal in the 50th minute, as his newly embraced team trailed by two goals.
Greenwood found himself fouled by two Rayo Vallecano midfielders and expressed frustration to the referee when a foul was not awarded. In response, the official promptly showed him the red card.
The decision left Greenwood and his teammates in disbelief. However, he wasn’t the only one receiving an early marching order.
Getafe concluded the match with only eight players on the field, showcasing a chaotic lack of control, with Juanmi Latasa seeing red in the first half, followed by Greenwood and Damian Suarez in the second.
Despite the challenges, Getafe managed to limit Rayo Vallecano to a two-nil victory, a modest triumph given the circumstances.
Referee Jorge Figueroa Vazquez’s post-match report claimed Greenwood had shouted “f— you” at him. Getafe’s manager, Jose Bordalas, contested this account, sharing Greenwood’s version in which he exclaimed “f—- sake.”
The language barrier between the Spanish referee and the English player suggests a plausible breakdown in communication.
The latest update from The Athletic reveals that the Spanish Competition Committee has accepted Greenwood’s explanation, rescinding the red card.
Consequently, he will not face a suspension, making him available for Getafe’s crucial Copa del Rey fixture against Espanyol in the last 32 of the competition tomorrow afternoon.