Internacional defender Rodinei was sent off against his parent club Flamengo after a fan had paid£133,000to enable him to play in the heavyweight clash on Sunday.
The Brazilian was cleared to play after a supporter stumped up the money ahead of theCampeonato Serie A clash at the Maracana over theweekend, with Internacional confirming the news via their website.
The Porto Alegre outfit expressed their gratitude towards wealthy farmerMaggi Scheffer, who resides in thecentre-west region of Brazil, after his sizeable donation last week.
“Internacional this Friday received a 1 million real ($185,794.18) donation from Elusmar Maggi Scheffer,” a statement fromInternacional reads.
“TheColoradofan … signed an agreement that gives the club the money with no strings attached. Our sincerest thanks.”
Much was at stake forInternacional and Flamengo as only a point separated the two sides in the league standings before their latest meeting, which ensured that tensions were high both on the pitch and in the dugout.
After a highly competitive first half, the teams went in level at 1-1 at the break, but the defining moment of the match came shortly after the restart when Rodinei succumbed to a moment of madness.
The defender was guilty of a late challenge onFlamengo’s Filipe Luis which saw him stamp down on his compatriot’s heel, and after a brief delay for a VAR check, the referee pulled out a red card.
The home side seized control of the match thereafter, withGabriel Barbosa producing a neat turn and finish in the 62nd minute to give Flamengo a 2-1 victory.
Rodinei will now have to serve a three-match suspension, which means he will missInternacional’s final game of the regular season against Corinthians on Friday.
Flamengo can win the title if they beat Sao Paulo the day before, but a draw in that fixture would giveInternacional the chance to steal the trophy with a victory in their last fixture due to their superior goal difference.
Source : goal.com