Brighton & Hove Albion Player Sent Off for Tripping Up Referee

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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.”

 If you wish to see a video clip of the red card click here. It’s not exactly shocking but for football enthusiasts it’s certainly interesting.
Stowe Gregory is a Soccer and Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him or tweet on Twitter @stowegregory. Or add to circles on Google +

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