Guidetti: from hero to villain in 5 seconds
After a winning streak of three, the fans in the Kuip arrived Saturday night expecting to see their team close in on the leading pair by crushing promoted RKC Waalwijk. After a bright start Feyenoord could not deliver against an organized RKC, which had started 2012 as well as the home team. After a goalless first half, the excitement rose when the referee blew his whistle after John Guidetti went to the ground in the box, but he was booked for holding the shirt of an opponent. With 15 minutes to go, Feyenoord did get a penalty, easily given, when Jeroen Drost bumped into Karim El Ahmadi. Guidetti stepped up and scored his 18th goal of the season. The wild celebrations in the stands turned into howls of frustration, when the fans saw the scorer now pull his own shirt and wave it around in the driving rain. The referee noticed it too and had no option : 2nd yellow, red, Guidetti off. The man extra paid off in the end when Robert Braber headed home the equalizer three minutes from time. Coach Ronald Koeman was furious, knowing that not only easy points were thrown away, but he will also miss his target man next at PSV with a suspension. Afterwards John Guidetti was almost in tears for the camera as he apologized to the fans, football and in the end the world as a whole, which deserved him a pat on the shoulder by a clearly moved interviewer.
Guidetti is not the first to do this walk of shame. NEC supporters once saw it twice in a few weeks. First it was Rutger Worm who scored against De Graafschap, de-shirted and went of with his 2nd yellow. At least they won that one, but at the next home game against Heracles, Tshibamba pulled the same stunt when he opened the score with fifteen minutes to go. This time the opponents equalized in the dying minutes.