Brighton & Hove Albion striker Ashley Barnes was sent off following a bizarre incident during an English Championship match.
The 23-year-old stuck out a boot, tripping up referee Nigel Miller for no apparent reason or justified reason, resulting in a straight red.
The incident occurred in the final minutes of Brighton’s 1-0 loss to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium and leaves Barnes’ side in a rather desperate striker situation, with Craig Mackail-Smith the only other main option injured for the rest of the season.
Barnes appeared to simply attempt to stop the referee’s run to which there was an understandable result, a red card.
It is the second time in a month the forward has been sent off for Brighton, who now drops out of a playoff position.
Manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sport post match:
“In football you sometimes do things you regret after but I have nothing to complain about. Angry? It’s difficult to say because I played football, I know sometimes you do things on the pitch you regret after but I was one of those players so I am not going to say anything to Ashley Barnes. I hope it doesn’t happen too often. He knows what he has done so I am not going to kill him, you try to make sure he controls himself better the next time.”