The veteran stopper was incensed by Nicolas Pepe's “robot” celebration in front of the home fans, arguing angrily with the Ivorian winger over what he seemingly felt was a provocation.
But Pepe appeared to be playing it up for a camera in front of him, and the 37-year-old Vercoutre was shown a straight red card by referee Johan Hamel to leave his team 1-0 and a man down.
The decision drew the ire of Caen's Vincent Bessat, who told beIN Sports at half-time: “The referee has just killed the match.”
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Lille defender Fode Ballo-Toure was then sent off seven minutes after the break following a bad foul to leave both sides with ten men on the field, but Pepe’s goal proved to be decisive as the away team ran out 1-0 victors.