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Chris Kamara's Infamous Red Card Miss Recreated In Hilarious Video

Josh Lawless

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Chris Kamara's Infamous Red Card Miss Recreated In Hilarious Video

Chris Kamara's infamous missed red card fiasco on Soccer Saturday has been perfectly created in a viral video.

10 years ago, 'Kammy' was reporting on Portsmouth vs Blackburn at Fratton Park and host Jeff Stelling crossed live to him after news of a red card surfaced.

Kamara didn't have the slightest clue of what was going on - completely missing Anthony Vanden Borre's second yellow and subsequent dismissal on the hour mark and resulting in one of the greatest moments in TV history.

Now, through the use of 'TikTok' - which every man and his dog seems to be using in the midst of self-isolation, many people have been reliving that hilarious moment.

However, one man went above and beyond with his imitation - with the tash, beige coat, suit and headset all perfectly adding to the performance.

If we're being honest, it deserves just as many views as the original. The facial expressions and the way he does the laugh are just superb.

There is actually a bit more to the story of how Kammy failed to spot a red card and he gave SPORTbible a detailed explanation of exactly what happened.

"I got to Fratton Park at quarter to 12 that day and the cameraman who was doing Soccer Saturday came to me and said, 'We've just been told by the safety steward that we're not allowed in the gantry'.

"I went round to see the safety guy and the gantry at Portsmouth - because there's a gap which is probably only about three-foot wide but you have to step over it - and if you're carrying equipment and you slip you might fall through the hole.

"The health and safety people got hold of this and said, 'The only people allowed in the gantry today is the commentator and the co-commentator, you're going to have to do your updates from the corner of the Fratton End'.

"I know the Fratton End well because obviously I played there on two occasions so it wasn't a problem - there are a few grounds where you might get some fun and banter when we're off camera but Portsmouth wasn't going to be one of them because I still get on really well with their supporters - I knew they would be in full acceptance of me being in there.

"So we went down there and health and safety showed us where we had to go with the camera and it was by the corner flag. I still had a reasonable view of the game and then about 14:15 it started to rain.

"Another health and safety officer came and said, 'Because you've got a monitor, if anyone from the Fratton End or the other side down the touchline decides to leave the ground and they come over and touch your equipment, they might get electrocuted'.

"Cameraman says it's totally impossible but this health and safety officer wouldn't have it so we had to move another five to six yards back under the roof so we weren't actually in the rain. It was OK but all it did was narrow my view of the game.

"While the game was going on and I wasn't getting my link from Carly [production co-ordinator and daughter of Dave Bassett] I could stand by the corner flag and watch the game. As soon as I was doing the link I had to walk 10 yards back to where the corner was.

"Carly says, 'Jeff's about to come to you, there's a couple before you and then it's you.' I go back to the camera position and I'm watching this monitor - most of them are six inches by four inches - so they're not like a proper television screen and you're not getting a great view but you can still see the game and make out what's happening.

"Just as I'm next there's a big shout in the studio by Charlie Nicholas and it's 'GOAAAAAL!' so we won't be going to Fratton Park, we'll be going where there's been a goal. Charlie does his report and in the meantime I'm looking over my shoulder at the game, with a restricted view it's better than the view on the monitor and Carly says 'You're next, don't worry!' Jeff does another, 'There's been a goal!' at Cheltenham or somewhere like that and then just as he's about to come to me, Tommo shouts, 'GOAAAAL!'

"I've looked over my shoulder and Carly's said, 'Definitely you are next.' In the meantime, Jeff has obviously got the teleprinter in front of him and says, 'Let's go down to Chris Kamara at Fratton Park, where there's been a sending off but for who?'

"And that's when it dawned on me that I haven't seen a sending off at all, so the famous line was, 'Sending off? I must have missed that, Jeff.' And he goes, 'Kammy are you not watching? I am, now come and tell us what's happened.' And I just went, 'I don't know Jeff!'

"The lads are obviously laughing in the studio and he [Jeff] goes, 'Kammy, according to our sources Anthony Vanden Borre's been sent off for a second bookable offence, get your fingers out and count the number of players on the pitch!'

"Just then it dawned on me that I'd seen Anthony Vanden Borre walking across to the pitch where Avram Grant [Portsmouth manager] was but what happened was he deliberately handled the ball but didn't wait for the second yellow card - as soon as he did the handball he just walked towards the touchline. I wasn't the only one in the ground that didn't know he'd been sent off.

"Immediately the director, a woman called Karen Wilmington, came on the line and went, 'Watch the game will you, that's what you're being paid for!' I went, 'Sorry Karen but I didn't see him get sent off.' That was it, I worried about it even though the lads were having a giggle in the studio and on the way home I phoned the producer, Ian Condron, to apologise and he went, 'You can just about get away with it' because it's you.'"

If you want another sensational Soccer Saturday parody, one fella decided to revisit the time Charlie Nicholas came up with the worst banter ever. Again, it's an absolute belter.


Topics: Football News, Football, Sky Sports, Chris Kamara

Josh Lawless
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