Footballer Sent Off For Tackle!

As the article title suggests, a footballer was recently sent off because of a tackle. Well, not a tackle so much as his tackle!

The incredible story occurred during AFC Croydon’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round match with Collier’s Wood on August 17th. Louis Blake, making his debut for AFC Croydon, came on as a substitute in the 66th minute. Some twenty minutes later, the referee noticed that the midfielder had disgracefully(!) breached FA rules regarding undershorts. If a player chooses to wear such a garment, regulations state that they must match the kit shorts as closely as possible. However, Blake was wearing black undershorts underneath his maroon kit.

So, the referee ordered him to leave the field and remove said offending garment, which Blake duly did, despite telling him that he had no spare pair of underwear. Upon his return to the field of play, Blake was instructed by the ref to prove that he had indeed taken them off. This he did, in the only way you can really when in such a situation – he flashed the ref! Blake pulled his waistband forward in order to show the official that he was now “going commando”, and was duly shown a red card!

Blake is quoted as saying “I was gobsmacked, shocked and angry. I pulled my shorts forward to show that I had removed the underwear and he sent me off! All I wanted to do was make a good impression on my debut, and now I’m going to miss three games.”

As I’m sure you will agree, unbelievable!


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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