The ref who stole Xmas: Giuseppe Rossini (Charleroi) gets booked for his dead grandad t-shirt

You mean, mean bastard!

Belgium referee Joeri Van De Velde has become this scrooge of football’s Christmas by dishing out one of the harshest yellow cards of the season.

Charleroi lost 2-1 at home to Mons in the  Jupiler League on Boxing Day, the visitors mounting a comeback win after Giuseppe Rossini had fired the hosts 1-up.

Rossini’s goal was emotional.

After opening the scoring in the 24th minute, the 26-year-old burst into tears as he revealed a black t-shirt with “Rest in peace Nonno.” The jersey was a dedication to the recent death of Rossini’s grandad, and was complete with a simple cross at the bottom.

And then came then obvious, stupid consequence: ref Van De Velde slapped Rossini with a yellow card for removing his Charleroi shirt.

Photos of Giuseppe Rossini’s t-shirt can be seen below.

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