Seven Players Sent Off – Including A Movie Star!
There was little Christmas Spirit on show on December 28th 2013, as referee Mateusz Filipiak sent off no fewer than 7 (Seven) – always wanted to do that! – players in a Hellenic League Premier Division match between Thame United and Highworth Town. Amazingly, Thame manager John Fisher said there wasn’t a bad tackle in the match!
Thame were the best behaved club in the league at the end of November, but they certainly won’t be now after seeing four sent off during the second half, with three Highworth players also being dismissed.
The madness began towards the end of the first half, when Highworth’s Chris Flanagan was shown red for “strangling” an opponent. Amazingly, there were still twenty one players on the pitch right up until the 70th minute! But then it all kicked off, with six more players given their marching orders.
Thame’s striker Louis Cordice – who played Blaise Zabini in three Harry Potter films – was the second player to be sent off by Mr Filipiak for kicking the ball away. Thame defender Ellis Hercules (great name!) was dismissed shortly after, before Bradley Clark was shown red for dissent with ten minutes remaining. In case you’ve lost count, that’s four reds, with both teams down to nine men at this stage.
The final three dismissals all occurred during the closing stages, in the same scuffle. Thame were reduced to seven with the sendings-off of Ben Connelly and Matt Willett, whilst Highworth’s Toby Clark joined them.
Both sets of management have lodged complaints with the FA and League, with parties from both sides labelling the referee as “a disgrace” and “the worst ref I’ve ever seen.”
Oh, and the result? Thame United 0 Highworth Town 2.