West Ham-linked Maxi Gomez in petulant red card for Celta Vigo

Maxi Gomez of Celta de Vigo reacts during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Valencia CF at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez was sent off for two quick bookings on Saturday.

Maxi Gomez of Celta de Vigo reacts during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Valencia CF at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

Celta Vigo's battle against relegation from La Liga took another blow on Saturday as they were thumped 3-1 away at Getafe.

Celta did actually take the lead through Nelson Araujo, but Jaime Mata equalised after Maxi Gomez received a ridiculous red card.

Jorge Molina put Getafe in front, before Mata grabbed his second to send 10-man Celta back to Vigo empty-handed.

 

Celta are just one point clear of the relegation zone, and losing Gomez to suspension is a huge blow – especially in the circumstances.

Gomez was booked for aggressively appealing referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes' decision to award Getafe. Rather than taking his punishment and moving on, Gomez proceeded to sarcastically clap Gonzalez Fuertes, and was subsequently sent off.

Two yellow cards in a matter of seconds mean Gomez will now miss playing time with Celta when they need him most, and West Ham United may also need to take a look at that petulance.

Maximiliano 'Maxi' Gomez of Celta de Vigo looks on during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Club Atletico de Madrid at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Vigo,...

West Ham attempted to push through a £43.5million deal for Gomez last month, but as reported by the London Evening Standard, it's now on hold until the summer – and Bleacher Report claimed West Ham had issues with the £80,000-a-week wage demands.

West Ham may well remain keen on the Uruguayan given that he's hit nine goals in 21 games this season, but any more signs of the petulance that got him sent off on Saturday may set some alarm bells to ring at the London Stadium.

Maximiliano 'Maxi' Gomez of Celta de Vigo reacts during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Getafe CF at Estadio Abanca Balaidos on October 1, 2018 in Vigo, Spain

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