Uzbekistan manager sent off after bizarre breach of rules as brawl erupts in final stages of England U17s defeat
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The manager of Uzbekistan’s U17s team was sent off in the final stages of their victory against England U17s.
On Wednesday, England’s youngsters were in World Cup last 16 action against Uzbekistan.
England found themselves behind after just four minutes after Amirbek Saidov netted with a header.
With 36 minutes on the clock, Manchester City youngster Joel Ndala levelled things up before Lazizbeck Mirzeav’s brilliant freekick in the 67th minute made it 2-1.
As the match headed into stoppage time, Uzbekistan manager Jamoliddin Rahmatullayev caused chaos after he booted the ball away into the stands to delay a throw-in for England.
After the incident, both sets of players came together as tempers began to rise.
Rahmatullayev was then shown a red card by the referee for unsporting behaviour.
The Uzbekistan boss protested his innocence before seeing his side seal a shock victory after 13 minutes of stoppage time.
According to the official rules, the decision to send Rahmatullayev off was correct.
The rules state: “Laws of the Game 23/24. Law 12 - Fouls & Misconduct. Section 3 - Disciplinary Action. Subsection 2 - Team Officials. Section 3 - Sending-off.
“Delaying the restart of play by the opposing team e.g. holding onto the ball, kicking the ball away, obstructing the movement of a player”
Speaking after the match, England boss Ryan Garry said: “I think we were below our level, to be honest. We had a lot of the ball and a lot of half chances.
“Ultimately, we weren't clinical enough in both boxes. I was very disappointed with the first goal - we have to learn from that.”
Garry continued: “We have had four really good games. The finer details count at this level and I think we have learned that.
“I'm bitterly disappointed for the group, but the long-term objective is to make sure these boys are ready for the senior team and the older age groups. I'm sure there will be a lot of lessons learned, not just from this game, but the group stage as well.”