In a surprising turn of events, Mason Greenwood’s red card, issued for dissent during Getafe’s match against Rayo Vallecano, has been overturned by Spanish football authorities.
The 22-year-old received the red card in the 50th minute when his newly adopted side was trailing two-nil.
Greenwood had been fouled by two Rayo Vallecano midfielders and expressed frustration to the referee when a foul was not awarded. In response to Greenwood’s reaction, the official promptly showed him the red card.
Both Greenwood and his teammates were visibly stunned by the decision. However, Greenwood was not the only one-handed an early dismissal during the match.
Getafe ended the game with only eight players on the field, a chaotic display of a lack of control, with Juanmi Latasa receiving a red card 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 small triumph given the circumstances.
Referee Jorge Figueroa Vazquez’s post-match report claimed that Greenwood had shouted “f— you” at him. Getafe’s manager, Jose Bordalas, contested this account, presenting Greenwood’s version of events, in which he exclaimed “f—- sake.”
The language barrier between the Spanish referee and the English player raises the possibility of a communication breakdown.
The latest update from The Athletic reveals that the Spanish Competition Committee has accepted Greenwood’s explanation and rescinded the red card.
Consequently, he will not face a suspension, making him available for Getafe’s upcoming crucial Copa del Rey fixture against Espanyol in the last 32 of the competition tomorrow afternoon.