Five red cards in football match

A non-league match played in north London over the weekend was abandoned due to the number of red cards.

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Five red card facts

  • The most red cards in a single Football League match came in 2012 in a clash between Bradford City and Crawley Town. Six red cards were doled out after the final whistle.
  • The fastest ever league red card came after 13 seconds to Sheffield Wednesday's Kevin Pressman against Wolverhampton in 2000.
  • The record for most career league red cards is jointly held by former Colchester, Exeter and Southend player Roy McDonough and former Wigan and Leicester player Steve Walsh. They both got sent off 13 times.
  • 20 red cards were shown during a 1993 game between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero in Paraguay.
  • In 1998 English referee Martin Sylvester sent himself off after punching a player during a game in the Andover and District Sunday League.

Ryman League emergency committee meeting

I've been chairman for more than thirty years and I've never seen anything like it.

We don't condone incidents like this, but I do know that the Wingate & Finchley administration is very unhappy with what has happened.

The League's emergency committee met today to discuss the game and has decided that the result will stand.

– Alan Turvey, Chairman of The Ryman Football League


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