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Raul Jimenez receives one of Premier League’s strangest red cards in Man City vs Wolves


The Mexican forward was sent off in the closing stages of the first half against City at the Etihad Stadium, with his second yellow card coming just a matter of seconds after his first

Jimenez eventually left the field
Jimenez eventually left the field

Raul Jimenez was sent off in farcical fashion in Wolves’ trip to Manchester City on Saturday.

The Mexican forward was dismissed by referee Jon Moss as he picked up two yellow cards in a matter of seconds.

Jimenez was booked for fouling City midfielder Rodri in the centre circle in first half stoppage time, before then stopping the Spain international taking the resulting free-kick.

Referee Moss was given little alternative but to book Jimenez again for blocking the restart of play, and the stunned Mexican then trudged off the field slowly as City supporters ridiculed him.

The incident came at the end of a spiky period of play at the Etihad, where Ruben Dias and Rodri were both booked in the minutes leading up to Jimenez’s moment of madness, and Ruben Neves also received a booking afterwards.

Jimenez was dismissed by referee Moss
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Wolves boss Bruno Lage looked on stunned as Jimenez trudged towards him, although his side were able to see out the remainder of the half and head into the break with the game goalless.

City are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table on Saturday, and they currently sit one point above title rivals Liverpool – who beat Wolves 1-0 at Molineux last weekend.

Jimenez – who has returned from a serious head injury this season – came into the game with Lage telling the media that he was good enough to play for City.

“Sometimes, ‘the best’ is the question of opportunity,” said the Portuguese boss.

“Look, I don’t want to say that (he could pay for City) – after, Pep (Guardiola) comes with his money and buys Raul!

“But imagine Raul playing for Man City – I can imagine that, because he knows that game, he knows how to play inside, he knows how to play in the box, he runs a lot when you are defending.

“I don’t want to give him ideas – I will go after him to sign 10 more years for Wolves!

“For me, he can play in any team, and I’m very happy to have him – I was unhappy because we didn’t have the money, because we sold him from Benfica, but now I’m very happy to have him in the same team.

“One more thing is he is a good example for all the kids who want to be top players, not just as a player but also as a man.

“If you go back five years ago Raul scored goals in the Champions League, against Bayern Munich for Benfica.

“We are talking about one of the best players in the world and he is playing for us. It is a big reference for everyone who wants to become football players. I said before it is a good example that you can be a top player and also a top man – Raul is one of them.”

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