Ligue 1: André Ayew sent off less than three minutes after his debut with Le Havre

He had not played in Ligue 1 since a victory over Bastia with OM in May 2015 (3-0). More than eight years later, André Ayew had a very quick reunion with the French elite for his debut in the Le Havre jersey on Sunday afternoon in Nantes. The 33-year-old midfielder, who came on in the 65th minute in place of Loïc Nego, was sent off less than three minutes later for arriving late and letting his crampons drag on Eray Cömert’s leg.

A red card inflicted by match referee Miguel Nogueira two minutes and 24 seconds after his appearance on the pitch at the Beaujoire stadium, when the score was 0-0 between the two teams. Skeptical about this sanction, the player tried to reason with the official before leaving the field. According to Opta Jean, this is the fifth fastest expulsion for a substitute who came into play since 2006-2007, with a “record” held by Benjamin Mendy in 47 seconds and a fourth place by his brother, Jordan Ayew.

“So there… Red for André Ayew who had just entered three minutes ago… Red on that, really??? “, his club was indignant in a message posted on X, formerly Twitter, accompanied by an emoji symbolizing anger. The Normans, promoted this season, recruited André Ayew, free of any contract, in November to bring experience to their squad.

The Ghanaian international, son of former OM player Abedi Pelé, was presented to the Le Havre public on the sidelines of the (0-0) reception of AS Monaco on November 11. “Ayew, it’s Santa Claus who comes early,” his coach Lukas Elsner said that day.


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