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Referee fails to give Kudus a yellow card for celebrating Atsu, explains his action

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Ghana Starboy Mohammed Kudus removed his jersey to pay tribute to Christian Atsu during a match between his club Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam.

Relating to this, Kudus was supposed to receive a yellow card from the referee. However, the match official did not issue the yellow card  to Kudus, after the game, explained during a presser why the referee did not issue a yellow card after his actions.

This is what the referee had to say about his actions according to Kudus: “We have football rules but this is beyond football, this is about life and death. The referee told me it’s not allowed (shirt removal) but he understands because this is a bigger situation than football. A big respect from me to the referee.”

On a normal day Kudus was supposed to receive a yellow card but referee Pol van Boekel opted not to book him

Mohammed Kudus earlier released a statement commiserating with the family and friends of Atsu, who died at 31 years old.

When the 22-year-old scored a perfect goal from a free-kick as Ajax strolled to a 4-0 win over Sparta in round 22 of the Dutch Eredivisie.

After scoring the goal in the 84th minute, Kudus revealed an inscription on his shirt, saying “RIP Atsu”.

He has now scored 9 goals in 21 league goals for Ajax this season.

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