Wednesday, December 31, 2008

12/31/08: Here's To A Red Card-Less Crew New Year

I received this article by Allen the other day in my e-mail and found it mildly entertaining, especially the ending:

Player sets unwanted record with three-second dismissal

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - A player with English minor league club Chippenham Town has set a record for the fastest-red card in senior soccer when he was sent off for a wild tackle three seconds after kickoff, British media reported on Monday.

Striker David Pratt, 21, was dismissed in a Southern Premier League game against Bashley on Saturday.

The previous fastest sending-off is generally accepted to be 10 seconds for Bologna’s Giuseppe Lorenzo after he struck an opponent in a 1990 Italian league game.

English soccer’s previous “best” was 13 seconds when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman handled outside his box in a game in 2000.

Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee’s whistle to start the game by saying “xxxx me, that was loud” and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.


Although MLS has some of the most abysmal ref's in the game of soccer(as MLS refs can't understand the difference between a penalty and Beckham being blown over by the wind), luckily we have no Graham Poll's. I found this biography interesting as basically every week in his last half of the season Graham Poll had a red card or some sort of trouble. Graham Poll is the referee who famously produced three yellow cards in the World Cup for Australia vs. Croatia:

The whole program can be watched by clicking to the next scene after this one finishes up.

And, to sum up red cards:

What's better than little tyke's fighting.

Anyways, here's to hoping for a red card-less Crew New Year.

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