£18m former Chelsea starlet sent off after pushing referee

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne received a second yellow card after getting a little too close to comfort in his protestation at receiving a booking.

This season was supposed to be the breakout year for Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne - and after a positive pre-season from the Belgian he started the opening game of the campaign against Hull City to begin a season filled with promise.

But it soon emerged that he simply was not a Jose Mourinho player - and the first-team opportunities virtually vanished for the former KRC Genk playmaker.

He had plenty of followers in Germany after his great form for Werder Bremen last season and eventually Bundesliga prospects VfL Wolfsburg decided they would splash their cash on the player.

They spent a whopping £18 million to sign him in January - giving him a chance of regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup with Belgium.

But so far he has struggled to have a significant impact with the club. He has not scored for the club and his general performance level has not been to the standard expected by German fans.

And yesterday was perhaps his lowest ebb yet.

Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Augsburg at the VW Arena yesterday afternoon - but De Bruyne found himself marching off in the 91st minute after receiving two yellow cards within the space of a minute.

De Bruyne committed a late foul on Alexander Esswein in the 91st minute before bumping the referee in the chest as he was shown a yellow card. The result, another yellow and a subsequent red - it was something not even his manager Dieter Hecking could justify:

"He may not accept the decision of the referee. [But] If he does something, he must expect that he'll get yellow."

While club manager Klaus Allofs believes the suspension could do him some good:

"The fact that he is not physically in the best condition, everyone sees. Perhaps it is better for him now to be suspended…."

As Chelsea were celebrating a 6-0 thrashing one player many wanted to get a chance was toiling in Germany and receiving a red card for pushing the referee.

Looks like Mourinho got this one right as per usual.

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