World’s most red-carded footballer sent off 20 minutes into coaching debut

It did not take long for new Independiente Santa Fe manager Gerardo Bedoya to see red.

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Bad Bedoya Carlos Bedoya nearly accumulated as many red cards as he did caps for Colombia Image VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

Gerardo Bedoya may have played for teams like Boca Juniors and Racing Club, he may have even helped Colombia claim their one and only Copa America title in 2001. But he’s still basically remembered as the world’s most red-carded footballer.

Capped 49 times by Colombia, Bedoya has collected almost as many red cards as he has caps, having been sent off 46 times during his 20-year career.

A fan favourite among supporters of Independiente Santa Fe,  it was here that Bedoya picked up his most infamous red card after delivering a swift one-two of an elbow and kick to the head of Millonarios star Jhonny Ramirez.

Coming during the ever-volatile Bogota derby in September 2012, the red card was already the 41st of his career but arguably the most costly, with Bedoya hit with a 15-game ban as a result.

Bad Bedoya The Colombian's worst offence on the pitch.

Having hung up his boots last year, many would have hoped the 40-year-old Bedoya would have mellowed out a little in his old age.

However, that has proven to be anything but the case.

Enlisted to help current Santa Fe manager Alexis Garcia this season, the appointment of a cult figure like Bedoya to the role of assistant manager was viewed as a masterstroke.

But the Colombian lived up to the old adage that a Francis Benali never changes its spots after earning himself a red card on the touchline after just 20 minutes of play.

Once linked with a youth coaching role at the club, Bedoya’s vociferous remonstrations with officials proved too much for referee Nicolas Gallo to bear.

With Bedoya now potentially facing a touchline ban, it is fair to say that the world’s most sent-off player has picked up where he left off in the beautiful game.

We know he’s found some maturity lately as Burnley head back to the Premier League, but imagine the hilarity if Joey Barton did this if he ever gets into coaching…

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