PALMEIRAS boss Abel Ferreira has revealed that his wife has threatened to sell one of his beloved classic cars if he gets sent off again.
The 43-year-old former Sporting Lisbon defender has already amassed a total of 32 yellows and five reds since becoming manager of the Brazilian club in October 2020.
The last time he got his marching orders was on September 18 during his team’s match against Santos.
In a podcast interview Ferreira said: “I have a passion for classic cars.
“I bought one here and am going to drive it and take it to Portugal. It’s a 1966 Mustang."
But his childhood sweetheart Ana Xavier is trying to prevent him from being red carded.
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He said: “She hasn’t done it here yet but she’s going to do it. She’s already warned me, ‘Each time you get a red card I’m going to sell a car.’ She did it in Portugal.
"She studied with me before I was a professional footballer when I was just a kid following a dream.
“She’s the person who has helped me in my most difficult moments and who is the most demanding with my behaviour. Sometimes she punishes me.”
Ferreira married Xavier 15 years ago after they began to date when he was just 18.
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The ex-Braga boss made headlines in March after revealing his bizarre take on a three-man defence in a book titled ‘Cold Head, Warm Heart.’
The book tells of Ferreira and his staff’s stories since joining Palmeiras.
In one chapter he says: “Building the defence with three players is like making love. Sometimes it’s in the kitchen, sometimes in the living room, sometimes in the bedroom, sometimes in the bath.
“But it’s always with the same goal. In the construction of our team.”
He also appeared to take a swipe at Chelsea in the book following the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final earlier this year.
He said: “Do you know why I’m sad sometimes?
"Do you know how many Englishmen started with the team? How many Brazilian men played in my team? It's food for thought for you.
"Sometimes people don’t understand that we are not on a level playing field.”
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