Edgar Davids has reportedly vowed to stop playing football after receiving his third red card this season for Barnet.

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davids baDavids, who is player/manager at Barnet, was shown a red card in the 2-1 defeat to Salisbury on Saturday, and after the match reportedly vented his fury at the conference officials.

The 40-year-old believes his side was being targeted by officials, after the Dutchman’s third red card of the season, and stated that he was to give up playing to fully focus on management.

He told reporters, “I am a target but it is ok. I don’t think I am going to play anymore because they are taking away the fun and I want the team to do well.”

If Davids is finally hanging up his boots, he has technically retired twice before, then it brings to end a magnificent career, which saw the midfielder represent Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona along the way.

Davids was part of the young Ajax side that won the Champions League back in 1995, before winning six Serie A titles in nine seasons with Juventus.

The former Dutch international, who won 74 caps, first retired in 2008 after his second spell at Ajax, but came back to play for Crystal Palace in 2010, where he made six appearances before hanging up his boots again.

A brief spell behind the scenes at Ajax followed, but Davids then agreed to become Barnet player/coach in 2012, although he could not prevent relegation from League 2 in his first season in charge.

Nicknamed “the pitbull” during his playing days, Davids will now concentrate fully on management, and bring to end a fantastic playing career.

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