Iraq’s Aymen Hussein Sent Off for Copying Opponent’s Celebrations During Asian Cup Fixture, Video

Iraq’s Aymen Hussein Sent Off for Copying Opponent’s Celebrations During Asian Cup Fixture, Video

Byron Pillay
updated at January 29, 2024 at 7:35 PM
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  • Aymen Hussein was shown a second yellow card after he celebrated scoring for Iraq in the Asian Cup
  • Hussein was sent off as a result of the second booking for copying a goal celebration done by Jordan
  • Jordan scored two late goals to beat Iraq in the round of 16 fixture and book their place in the quarters

Over-celebrating can get you a yellow card, but apparently, so can copying a celebration.

Iraq's Aymen Hussein found that out the hard way when he was shown a second yellow card and subsequently sent off for celebrating a goal.

Aymen Hussein was sent off for celebrating Iraq's second goal in the Asian Cup.
Iraq's Aymen Hussein was shown a second yellow card for copying a celebration performed by Jordan's players earlier in the game. Image: Zhizhao Wu.
Source: Getty Images

What was wrong with Hussein's celebration?

The incident happened during an Asian Cup knockout game between Iraq and Jordan when Hussein scored Iraq's second goal in the 76th minute.

The goal have his side a 2-1 lead and put them in pole position for victory. The player then sat down cross-legged while pretending to eat with his hands.

When he got up and turned around, he was giving his marching orders.

Jordan did the celebration first

Hussein didn't remove his shirt or leave the field of play either, leading many to believe that he was sent off for mimicking Jordan's earlier celebration.

Yazan Al-Naimat gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime and led celebrations as they left the field to sit cross-legged and pretend to eat.

None of them were reprimanded for the celebration or for leaving the field.

Jordan capitalise on man advantage

The red card proved to be a big talking point and a turning point in the game.

Jordan capitalised on the man advantage and equalised in the 95th minute. Two minutes later, they scored a third to win the game 3-1.

They will now face Tajikistan in the tournament's quarterfinals, The Guardian reported.

Teams with the most AFC Asian Cup championships

Sports Brief reported how 24 nations were in the running to claim the coveted AFC Asian Cup trophy.

The tournament will be held in Qatar, and the host nation will be looking to defend the title they won in 2019.

Only nine nations have won the title, and the Japanese national side leads the way when it comes to title wins.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.