Ex-Liverpool ace gets himself 'deliberately booked' to serve suspension whilst injured

Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas went viral after some quick-thinking ensured the Spaniard will serve a suspension whilst he’s sidelined with an injury.

Aspas currently plays in Spain for Celta Vigo, who clashed with La Liga rivals Valencia on Sunday night.

The 34-year-old picked up an injury after netting to give his side the lead in the early stages of the match.

And after realising he couldn’t continue, Aspas, who was one booking away from a suspension, took the opportunity to purposefully remove his shirt to pick up the final caution in order to serve his suspension whilst being injured.

It remains to be seen if his sneaky move will land him in hot water with the Spanish authorities.

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Ex-Liverpool ace gets himself 'deliberately booked' to serve suspension whilst injured
© Twitter@footballjoe Iago Aspas removed his shirt to pick up a booking in Celta Vigo’s La Liga clash with Valencia

Former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was infamously slapped with a longer suspension by UEFA after he deliberately got booked in a Champions League clash with Ajax back in 2019 to try and serve a one-match suspension in the second leg of the knockout clash rather than at a later stage in the competition.

Aspas will be hoping that he isn’t hit with similar sanctions.

The veteran striker has spent the majority of his career in Spain but did have a brief, underwhelming spell on Merseyside back in 2013.

Aspas was handed the club’s iconic number nine shirt on his arrival but he failed to find the net at all during the 14 appearances he made in the Premier League.

Since returning to La Liga, Aspas has managed to banish memories of his horrific barren spell in England and restored his reputation as one of Spanish football’s most efficient strikers.

It wasn’t a surprise to anyone when the Reds shipped Aspas out to Sevilla on a season-long loan before the Spanish outfit completed the formalities of a mandatory three-year permanent deal.

Ex-Liverpool ace gets himself 'deliberately booked' to serve suspension whilst injured
© AFP via Getty Images The striker picked up an injury after firing Celta Vigo into the lead

Sevilla then offloaded Aspas to his current club, Celta Vigo, on the same day that they signed off on the permanent deal with Liverpool. The transfer saw Aspas return to the same club that he started his career with back in 2006.

In total, Aspas has bagged 154 league goals in over 350 appearances for Celta Vigo over his two separate spells at the club and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

With Aspas regarded so highly at the club, fans will be desperately hoping that the issue he sustained isn’t too serious.

The 18-cap Spanish international had already netted five goals in 13 appearances this term before picking up the injury.

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