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FOOTBALL MATCH ABANDONED AFTER FIVE MEN FROM SAME TEAM SHOWN RED CARD

A Sunday league football match was abandoned after FIVE players from the same team were sent off – despite being 3-0 in the lead.

FC Barometrics were left with just six men on the field after players were sent to the sidelines for dissent, aggression and foul play in their match against Sharpness.

Barmometrics boss Mike Rhodes was so ashamed by the performance by his side he is considering quitting the game for life.

The two Northern Senior League Division One teams were forced to abandon the game in the 71st minute, with the score at 3-3.

At the start of the game, FC Barometrics – the Baros – earned themselves an impressive 3-0 lead.

But things went downhill 25 minutes in, when striker Jamie Hammond was sent off by referee Anthony Smee for two yellow cards, both for dissent.

Moments after Sharpness scored in the 52nd minute, a scuffle broke out in the box which resulted in defender Joe Morgan and centre forward Andy Varnam being sent off.

Centre back Nick Hill was next to be dismissed for a challenge, reducing Baros to seven men.

Sharpness levelled 20 minutes later before midfielder Rhodes was sent off for dissent for voicing his displeasure at the referee’s performance, causing the game to be halted.

Speaking after the match on Saturday, Baros boss Rhodes said: “I have never seen anything like that in 25 years of football and I am embarrassed to be involved.”

He added: “I really feel for my lads because all of them will get hit with unfair fines and suspensions, which none of them deserved.

“I’d be the first to say if we were out of order in any way, but words can’t describe how poor the referee was.”

Referee Smee will now submit his report to the Gloucestershire Football Association disciplinary panel for their consideration.

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