Former Netherlands and AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf, now playing for Botafogo in Brazil, is facing a suspension of up to 12 games after he was dismissed for leaving the
field the wrong way when he was substituted in a Rio de Janeiro state championship game last weekend. Brazil’s sports tribunal charged the Dutchman with unethical behavior and being
disrespectful to referee Philip Georg Bennet.
According to Bennet’s game report, Seedorf was heading towards Botafogo’s bench in stoppage time when he motioned to the former Real Madrid and Ajaz midfielder to walk off the field toward the nearest sideline in order to save time. Seedorf refused and left the other way.
Bennet said that the player called his decision a joke and said he would leave “anywhere he wanted.