Sunderland midfielder Yann M'Vila enhanced his reputation as an ill-tempered player by headbutting an opponent and getting himself sent-off in his debut for the Black Cats under-21 squad against Norwich City on Sunday.
Sunderland signed M'Vila, 25, on loan from Rubin Kazan last week and the temperamental French player was sent off in the 67th minute for headbutting Norwich striker Jamar Loza.
The flashpoint came midway through the second half when Loza pushed Sunderland centre-half Tom Beadling to the floor.
M'Vila came over, got involved and headbutted Loza, earning himself a red card.
Sunderland must now wait and see if the FA choose to hand down a follow-up suspension, which could keep M'Vila out of action in the Premier League.
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Sunderland have completed the signing of French midfielder Yann M'Vila, the Premier League club have confirmed.
M'Vila has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan.
Crystal Palace have signed Connor Wickham from Sunderland on a five-year deal.
The striker moves to Selhurst Park for an undisclosed fee after four years at the Stadium of Light.
Wickham told the club's official site: "I think I needed the fresh start, I had four years up north and it's been a bit stop-start. Now I've come back home and I can settle down and see my family a bit more and hopefully let my football do the talking."
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is having a medical on Wearside as Sunderland attempt to clinch a second major signing inside 24 hours.
Press Association Sport understands the £5million-rated Frenchman was undergoing tests on Thursday afternoon with a view to completing a move.
Kaboul rejected the chance to join the Black Cats seven years ago when the club, then managed by Roy Keane, made a joint £23million offer for him, Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque.
At the time, his agent Rudy Raba was quoted as saying: "Younes wouldn't join Sunderland even if there was an earthquake. We have more interesting options than Sunderland. Don't even think about it."