James Rodríguez left Everton for Qatari side Al-Rayyan SC in September after being left out Rafael Benítez’s plans at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard was appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor in the summer, after the latter left the Toffees for Real Madrid.

In the summer of 2020, the Italian convinced the attacking midfielder to join the Merseyside club. After spending one season in the Premier League, the 30-year-old left England and made a switch to the Middle East.

The Colombian made his fourth appearance in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Al-Arabis SC over the weekend. In the stoppage time, the former FC Porto man received a yellow card, over which he protested by chasing the referee.

Rodríguez’s actions were quickly punished as he was given his marching orders. He was then seen sarcastically applauding the match official, which could lead to an ‘even greater penalty’.

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Marca’s Carlos González is highly critical of the player and takes a look at the sequence of incidents that led to his sending off.

The journalist states: ‘The first yellow is inexplicable, incomprehensible and unfair, but it is what it is.’

The quality of the league in Qatar is ‘very far away’ from the best European leagues. Therefore, James must know how to contain himself and ‘accept errors as serious as the referee’s when showing him that first yellow’.

González cannot understand the reason for the midfielder’s frustration following his sending off.

The journalist adds Rodríguez must ‘first criticise himself and then assume the consequences of a decision as wrong as the one he made when he left Everton’.

Rodríguez is struggling in the Middle East and González says he must ‘pay dearly’ now for his decision to leave the Premier League for a ‘minor league’ in Qatar.