Soccer: Toilet break earns striker yellow card

Serginho van Dijk of Adelaide. Photo / Getty Images
Serginho van Dijk of Adelaide. Photo / Getty Images

He copped one of the more unusual yellow cards during Adelaide's A-League win, but United striker Sergio van Dijk at least saved himself from other coloured embarrassment on Friday night.

The Dutch striker suddenly sprinted from the ground - without telling the referee, his coach or teammates - with about 10 minutes to go in United's 2-0 victory over Wellington Phoenix.

Van Dijk bolted for the player's race and disappeared from sight at Hindmarsh Stadium - stunning his bench.

"He just took off," a bemused Reds coach John Kosmina said.

Van Dijk was mysteriously absent for a couple of minutes, before running back onto the ground - and being yellow carded by referee Chris Beath for the unexplained absence.

Van Dijk, it was later revealed, was desperately suffering a stomach bug.

"He said he couldn't wait any longer," Kosmina said.

"It could have been a horrible sight on the television."

- AAP

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