Sporting Lisbon striker steals referee's vanishing spray to celebrate his mammy's birthday

Teo Gutierrez was booked for his antics after scoring against Besiktas.

SPORTING LISBON STRIKER Teo Gutierrez performed an unusual celebration that involved stealing the referee’s vanishing spray after scoring against Besiktas in the Europa League last night.

After putting his team 3-1 ahead in a match that saw the Portuguese outfit qualify for the last 32, Gutierrez approached referee Manuel Grafe and took the spray from its holster.

Gutierrez then ran to the spot from which he scored the goal and used the spray to attempt to write something on the pitch.

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But the prank backfired as the spray spluttered ineffectively out of the can and the striker got a booking for his cheeky antics after giving the canister back to the German official.

It turns out Gutierrez was attempting to write a message to celebrate his mother’s birthday. He tweeted:

“The celebration was for my mother ‘s birthday today. A very special day. Glory to God.”


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The result earned Sporting second place in Group H, but UEFA will be keen to draw – or spray – a line under Gutierrez’s innovative celebration.

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