Matias Almeyda requires extra persuasion to leave sideline after ejection

Matias Almeyda is an emotional guy, and it's not altogether unusual to see head coaches get sent off during games.

But, this particular case took a bit longer than most coach ejections.

Almeyda was sent off in the first half of his San Jose Earthquakes' Heineken Rivalry Week game against LAFC at Banc of California Stadium. The Argentine was presumably upset that the Earthquakes did not receive a penalty minutes earlier when LAFC defender Jordan Harvey slid to block a ball in LAFC's box and the ball bounced off his arm, and after vociferous protests on San Jose's bench, referee Kevin Stott sent Almeyda off.

But instead of walking down the tunnel, he pleaded his case, initially refusing to leave, before going halfway to the tunnel and trying to come back to the sideline, before eventually relenting and leaving. While this was going on, Stott held up play on the field until Almeyda exited.


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