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Chelsea Under 23 Player Sent Off For Sickening Tackle On Manchester United Youngster

Josh Lawless

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Chelsea Under 23 Player Sent Off For Sickening Tackle On Manchester United Youngster

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Chelsea youngster Josh Brooking was shown red in an Under 23 game against Manchester United for a brutal challenge on Dillon Hoogewerf.

The Premier League 2 Division One match finished 1-1, with Harvey James Vale's penalty cancelled out by a superb late strike from United's left-back Alvaro Fernandez Carreras.

But the fixture's main talking point came just after the hour mark when defender Brooking hacked down opponent Hoogewerf and was sent off at Stamford Bridge.

18-year-old Hoogewerf produced an exquisite first touch to collect a lofted pass in behind from Shola Shoretire and was advancing towards goal.

His second touch with his left foot took him away from the onrushing Brooking, who mistimed his tackle and completely wiped out Hoogewerf.

Because he was travelling at such speed as he was taken out, Hoogewerf landed horrendously right on his shoulder.

He could have quite easily suffered a serious injury but fortunately was able to continue after receiving treatment.

As for Brooking, the former Reading centre-back himself had to be attended to by medical personnel but was swiftly dismissed for the dangerous hack.

The challenge was more akin to something you'd expect in a Sunday League game between the Dog and Duck and the Red Lion.


Following the spoils being shared, Chelsea and United are now both on two points from their first two fixtures in the new campaign.

Chelsea's youngsters get back into the swing of things against West Ham on Sunday 29 August, with United hoping to get their first win of the season against cross-city rivals Manchester City a day earlier.

Topics: Chelsea, Football, Manchester United

Josh Lawless
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