Everyone knows that feeling of instantaneous dread that washes over you the very second you've made one of those "this-could-seriously-compromise-the-rest-of-my-professional-life" mistakes. If the shite isn't running down your leg, you aren't spared at least the sensation of it.
More often than not, a few deep breaths and a Ctrl + Alt + Del later and everything returns to normal, but for Alejandro Romero, we can't really see how he comes away from this one unscathed.
It's safe to say the Argentinian-born, Paraguyan international lost the head a wee bit in the dying seconds of New York Red Bulls 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City last night.
We can't quite figure out what set him off, but a visually exacerbated Romero, who goes by the nickname 'Kaku' saw red over something which spelt bad news for the home fans sitting in the front row at Children Mercy's Park.
Kaku was given a red card in extra time after intentionally kicking the ball into the stands at close range and hitting a fan. pic.twitter.com/QxjmBz5fV8
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 15, 2019
Maybe it was the ballboy's hideous pink gansaí that set the temperamental winger off, maybe it was Gianluca Busio's late equaliser for Sporting to deny the Red Bulls victory. Whatever it was, it's as explicit an example of unprovoked player on fan violence that we've seen in years. Echos of a certain Monsieur Cantona at Selhurst Park anyone?
He can certainly expect to see the inside of boardroom at a glass-fronted building with some pretty official looking men at suits very soon.
It'll cause another headache for the Bulls and their manager Chris Armas. Outside of the expectancy of one, his more creative influences being subject to what one must think will be a pretty lengthy suspension, his side haven't exactly made a flying start to the season, winning only one of their opening six games of the MLS season.
In fairness to the chap, he did at least apologise for his decapitation piledriver.