Sergino Dest issues apology following USMNT defeat to Trinidad & Tobago
The PSV right-back Sergino Dest has used social media to express remorse for receiving a red card in the USA’s CONCACAF Nations League encounter against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain.
Dest was ejected early in the first half after accumulating two rapid yellow cards, and his post-match behavior did not sit well with his teammates.
“Despite an impressive individual showing and contributing to Antonee Robinson’s opening goal for USMNT, Dest’s evening took a downturn with a regrettable red card. The former Barcelona defender expressed dissatisfaction over a non-call moments earlier, feeling he deserved a free-kick.
At the pause in play, the 23-year-old forcefully kicked the ball into the stands and proceeded to criticize Guatemalan referee Walter López, resulting in two rapid yellow cards being shown.
Despite the USMNT’s 2-1 loss in the match, they advanced to the semifinals with a 4-2 aggregate victory. Gregg Berhalter’s team had secured a 3-0 win in the first leg last Thursday.
Dest will face suspension for the upcoming semifinal.
Dest issues apology
The defender took to Instagram after the game to issue an apology for his inexplicable actions.
“I want to apologize to my Teammates, Staff, Fans and whole nation for my behaviour it was unacceptable, Selfish and immature I let my team down! It’s something I have to learn from and it won’t happen again!”
Dest maintains a commendable disciplinary history. In his 13 games at PSV this season, he has only received one yellow card. Red cards are a rarity for him, making his dismissal against Trinidad & Tobago an isolated lapse in judgment.
Notably, this incident marked his first red card in a USMNT shirt in 31 appearances.