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Yellow card for selfie: MLS striker punished after celebrating goal

Published time: July 07, 2014 16:14
Still from YouTube video/Sporting Kansas City

Still from YouTube video/Sporting Kansas City

Compared to US goalkeeper Tim Howard, Dom Dwyer may not be a household name, but that could change now. The English-born US player stunned a Major Soccer League crowd by taking a selfie after scoring a goal, but got a yellow card for his troubles.

Dwyer, a forward for Sporting Kansas City, latched on to a defensive mistake by the Chicago Fire, before providing a cool finish and slotting the ball into the net. However, the player ran toward a photographer, grabbed his mobile phone and proceeded to take a selfie in front of the crowd, after putting his side 1-0 up.

Sadly, the referee person was not as impressed with Dwyer’s sense of fun. Alan Kelly promptly brandished a yellow card in the striker’s direction. The official in charge of the MLS match, which finished 1-1, decided to book the player for over-celebrating.

Footballers can also be shown a yellow card for taking their shirts off after scoring, or trying to incite the crowd while celebrating.

This is not the first in-game selfie by a footballer. Earlier this year, in the UK, Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was so bored watching his side whip Portsmouth 5-0 that he posed for a selfie with a couple of fans.