Rare 'Double Red Card' Shown As Two Players Sent Off For Same Tackle During Gillingham Vs Fleetwood
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There were shocking scenes in the Gillingham vs Fleetwood game today as TWO players were sent off in the SAME tackle.
In the 78th minute, Gillingham's Charlie Kelman and Fleetwood's Paddy Lane went flying into a 50-50 challenge. The ball was there to be one but both players recklessly jumped in two-footed and were not in control.
And in a rare sighting, the referee felt the actions of both players warranted a red card and promptly sent the pair off.
Lane came off worse in the tackle and had to receive treatment from the medical staff.
Two red cards in one tackle, what on earth pic.twitter.com/jr9SYj0CRq— Hdhehehsdhsh (@James2390421) April 18, 2022
How can two players be sent off in the same tackle in the Gillingham game!!! Lol— Kev Johnson (@kevjohnson77) April 18, 2022
That's a proper challenge in the Gillingham v Fleetwood game. Carnage and double reds 🚑— Adam Vignali-Clarke (@AdamClarkeTHFC) April 18, 2022
He was then taken off on a stretcher and the delay led to ten minutes of stoppage time being signalled at the end of the 90 minutes.
75' Lane and Kelman both go into a challenge full-blooded with both of them being sent off.— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2022
82' The medical staff for both sides get Lane on the stretcher and will be taken to hospital it seems.— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2022
Still, it wasn't enough time for either side to grab a goal as the League One clash at Priestfield ended goalless.
Two players being sent off in the same tackle really does not happen much at all but Newcastle fans will be remember that two of their players were dismissed for fighting one another in 2005.
Teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer came to blows during a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at St James' Park.
Steven Taylor had already been sent off earlier on in the game for a deliberate handball inside the area, meaning Newcastle ended the game with eight men. Both Dyer and Bowyer received bans and were fined by their club.
On this day 2005, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer, who were on the same Newcastle side, both got sent off for fighting on the pitch.— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) April 2, 2020
The pair were made to shake hands awkwardly in front of the media to show they'd made up pic.twitter.com/GZ8bXBnofo
Speaking afterwards, manager Graeme Souness said: "It's a first for me. I have never witnessed that before. Harsh words between players occur in every game, but it's very unusual for it to lead to what happened today.
"'There are always arguments on the training pitch when players stand up to each other, but that's as far as it goes. This is something completely new to me."
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