VIDEO: Watch as football team walks off the pitch after just 120 seconds
There were remarkable scenes within the first two minutes of East Harling Reserves’ clash against Corton Seltic on Sunday.
The Almary Green Anglian Combination Division Five South encounter got under way, despite the fact that the visitors from Lowestoft only had nine players to call upon.
However, the game was abandoned after just 120 seconds when the Seltic players walked off the pitch in protest at the dismissal of two of their players.
Referee, Steve Artis, opted to brandish his red card for the first time after a Seltic defender had brought down Harling’s Matthew Johnson as the attacker bore down clean through on goal.
As the remaining Seltic players made their feelings known to the match official, it appeared that at least one of them was cautioned.
That was not the end of the drama, though, because as Harling prepared to take the resultant free-kick, Artis dished out another sending off.
This time the offence in question was dissent, leaving the visiting team with seven men.
It was at that point that Seltic decided to shake hands with their opponents and head for the dressing room, resulting in the game being cancelled, with the entire incident being caught on camera by supporter Malcolm Blades.
“I was shocked at how fast it all happened,” said East Harling Reserves’ manager Dale Oxborough, reflecting on the incident that unfolded in front of him.
“It’s a shame it ended how it did as we were all there to enjoy a game of football.”
Representatives from Corton Seltic have declined to comment on the incident, while the Suffolk Football Association have confirmed they have started an investigation.
“We have received the referee’s report and have started an investigation,” said a Suffolk FA representative of the incident.
“Depending on the findings of the investigation, the appropriate charges will be brought in due course.”
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