Seedorf bizarrely sent off
Dutchman Clarence Seedorf was bizarrely sent off in Botafogo’s 2-1 win over Madureira on Sunday for arguing with the referee over where he should leave the pitch after being substituted. His stoppage-time dismissal capped an afternoon in which Botafogo were also awarded a penalty, only for the referee to change his mind as Seedorf was about to take the kick. The first-half spot-kick was awarded with the game still goalless. Former AC Milan, Ajax, UC Sampdoria and Real Madrid midfielder Seedorf had began his run-up when the referee stopped the game, consulted his linesman and changed his mind. Botafogo protested angrily, claiming the referee had received information from sources off the pitch. On being substituted at the end, Seedorf, who scored the winning goal in the 68th minute, walked toward the Botafogo bench, but was ordered by the referee to go off on the other side of the pitch to save time. Seedorf protested, was booked, turned his back on the referee and was given another yellow card.
Two Wallabies sent home
Wallabies backs Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna have been sent home from South Africa by Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels and face further sanctions from the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) after an incident on the team bus at the weekend. The incident came in the wake of a record 64-7 drubbing for the Rebels in their match against South Africa’s Sharks in Durban on Saturday and both players were stood down after an club investigation on Sunday. “The club will not tolerate this type of behavior and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this club,” Rebels coach Damian Hill said in a statement. Rebels chief executive Steven Boland said the ARU had been consulted as both Beale and Vuna are also centrally contracted by the Wallabies. Both players are almost certain to miss the match against the Cheetahs next weekend.
All Blacks’ Read injured out
All Blacks No. 8 Kieran Read has been ruled out of Super Rugby for a minimum of four weeks after partially tearing ligaments in his big toe, his Canterbury Crusaders team said yesterday. Read suffered the injury in the Crusaders’ 55-20 victory over South Africa’s Southern Kings in Christchurch on Saturday. “It is hugely disappointing that Kieran cannot join the team to South Africa,” Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said in a statement. Read had not traveled with the Crusaders to South Africa, where they face the Stormers on Saturday and the Sharks on April 5, before playing the Western Force in Perth on April 13 on their way back to New Zealand. Jordan Taufua was named to replace Read in the Crusaders’ 26-man touring squad.
Penguins trade for Morrow
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Brenden Morrow in a trade with the Dallas Stars on Sunday, boosting their championship hopes with the addition of the veteran forward. The Eastern Conference-leading Penguins (25-8-0) sent prospect defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick in next year’s Draft in exchange for a third-round pick this year and the 34-year-old Morrow. Brenden Morrow had to waive his no-trade clause in order to clear the way for the deal. Drafted in 1997, Morrow has played his entire NHL career with the Stars. “The way he plays the game is something we wanted to try to add,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero told reporters on Sunday.