Cardiff hero Sol Bamba admits lying to ref to dodge yellow card after scoring winner against BrightonNovember 10, 2018
SOL BAMBA admits he dodged a yellow card for taking his shirt off – after lying to the ref.
The Cardiff defender, 33, scored a thumping late winner against Brighton and whipped off his jersey as he celebrated.
Ref Martin Atkinson asked Bamba if he had taken his shirt off following the jubilant scenes.
He told Sky Sports: “The referee asked me if I took my shirt off and I said no.”
Bamba also admitted he needed to “make amends” after allowing Lewis Dunk space to head Brighton ahead.
Callum Paterson equalised for Cardiff before Dale Stephens was sent off for a wild lunge on Greg Cunningham.
The Bluebirds were struggling to break down 10-man Brighton but Bamba popped up with a crucial strike.
He hit the post with an overhead kick before smashing home after the visitors failed to clear during a goalmouth scramble.
Seagulls boss Chris Hughton moaned: “We should be going home with a point. The last goal was offside. We knew we’d be under pressure when we went down to 10 men, but we stayed in the game.
“The hardest thing to take is you are reliant on good decisions by officials and the last goal was shown to be offside. It makes it even harder.
“I think Dale has given the referee a decision to make. I’m quite sure that other referees wouldn’t have given a red card.
“The studs weren’t up, and I’m not sure he catches the opponent. There are so many grey areas. I’m quite sure that this ref on another occasions wouldn’t have given it.
“But the offside is the decision I’m more annoyed with.”
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock – managing the Bluebirds for the 100th time – added: “You have to work so hard for wins like this.
“We’ve come on that quickly over last 18 months, but we are getting better every game. It was a blow to go down to that goal, Sol goes to sleep and it’s fitting he got the winner.
“We are everybody’s favourites to go down, and we need three or four players In January, but we have come along way in 18 months. You can’t say no to coming in Premier League and we are going to enjoy it.
“I didn’t even realise it was my 100th game until yesterday. Then it will be about my 70th birthday. But I don’t feel it and I feel really proud to be manager of this group.”