Two cards in less than 30 seconds. This was the punishment that Sergiño Dest received this morning against Trinidad and Tobago, in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Nations League in CONCACAF. The Barça footballer, on loan to PSV, got angry in the 37th minute for a poorly called throw-in, according to the American player.
As a result Dest caught the ball, threw it angrily out of the field, thus earning the first yellow. The subsequent protests of the American '2' to the referee led to his second warning and, as a consequence, his expulsion. The midfielder, Gio Reyna, put his hand on Dest's mouth to prevent him from continuing to complain to the referee, but it did not have the desired effect.
The American internationals could do nothing, since the former Barça player blew a kiss to Walter López, the referee of the match, when he decided to show him the red card. Several players from the United States ended up upset with the attitude of the PSV player, such as Tiam Ream, team captain, and Matt Turner, goalkeeper of the national team.
The captain himself, who pushed Dest to leave the field as soon as possible after his reprehensible attitudes, revealed at the end of the game that the locker room was upset with the former Ajax footballer. "I can't say many things publicly that we've said privately."
It is a complete lack of respect for the players we were playing, for those who were on the bench and for me. "It's a lack of respect for the game itself, for the referees," said United States coach Gregg Berhalter, who described Dest's attitude as "unforgivable" and "surreal."
“It is worrying because that is not what we represent and are as a group,” added the coach. Dest, who apologized for his behavior on social media after the match, will not play in the Nations League semi-finals in March due to suspension.
Sergiño Dest's message of forgiveness was as follows: ''I want to apologize to my teammates, fans and the entire nation for my behavior. It was unacceptable, selfish and immature, I let my team down! "It's something I have to learn from and it won't happen again!" he concluded.