Seeing red

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

Horror of horrors…

From Footballer loses finger in goal celebration – Sify.com:

Monday, 06 December , 2004, 22:37

Bern: A player in Switzerland's top division has been left without a finger after a goal celebration went horribly wrong.

Servette midfielder Paulo Diogo was forced to have his left ring finger amputated on Sunday after catching it on a perimeter fence during his side's 4-1 win at Schafthausen.

The 29-year-old Swiss-Portuguese player jumped up on the fence in celebration after setting up his team's third goal.

Diogo, who got married recently, failed to notice that his wedding ring was caught in the metal barrier and severed the top two joints of the finger as he jumped back down.

He was then shown a yellow card for his excessive celebration.

Doctors at a Zurich hospital were unable to re-attach the finger joints and advised the amputation of the remaining stump.

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited

Can you imagine it though? You're staring at the bloody stump of your finger and the ref comes prancing over waving a yellow card to book you… I'd be tempted to ram the severed finger up his nose.

Swiss referees, eh?

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