Bruno Fernandes Leads Charge: Calls for Rule Change after Amad Diallo’s FA Cup Heroics against Liverpool


Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes is advocating for a rule amendment regarding players receiving yellow cards for removing their shirts.

The captain’s plea comes after Amad Diallo was given a second yellow card for such an action following his crucial goal in injury time against Liverpool, securing the Red Devils a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.

As per the existing regulations, players who remove their shirts on the field before being substituted are subject to a yellow card sanction.

Talking to the media after the game, the Portuguese star said [via The Athletic]: “This moment has to be enjoyed and I think it’s one of the rules football has to change,” he added. You should be able to celebrate the goal, obviously with respect to other clubs, to enjoy your moment.”

The longstanding rule regarding booking players for removing their shirts has been in place for quite some time.

Following the game, Amad disclosed amidst the excitement of the 121st-minute frenzy that he had forgotten about his earlier booking by referee John Brooks.

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Nevertheless, he admitted that the euphoria of scoring the decisive goal and clinching victory mitigated some of the disappointment of being sent off.

Despite such incidents, it seems unlikely that the current rule regarding shirt removal will undergo revision anytime soon.

This regulation faced scrutiny back in 2020 when Lionel Messi received a yellow card for revealing a tribute shirt to Diego Maradona following the Argentine legend’s passing earlier that week.

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