Referee dishes out five reds in dressing rooms

A referee sent off five players in the dressing rooms after a post-match brawl at a League Two game between Bradford City and promotion-chasing Crawley Town.

"The referee seems very clear in his mind what went on and that is the reason he took the action he did in the dressing rooms," said Bradford boss Phil Parkinson.

"Until I see the DVD it is difficult to comment but the sendings-off leave us with lots of problems, to say the least.

"We know what Crawley bring in terms of an intimidating approach before, during and after matches. You have to make sure you don't get involved.

"Both clubs have paid a heavy price. I can't believe this has happened. I have never been in a situation before where a ref has come into the dressing room, pulled players on one side and sent them off. He wouldn't allow me in there!

"I will look at the DVD and if any of my players are guilty of throwing punches they will pay heavy fines."

Crawley manager Steve Evans claimed it was a Bantams player who started the scuffle, adding: "I only saw the Bradford player Andrew Davies run towards my players and throw a punch. I think it was handbags, with a lot of pushing and shoving, but it was disappointing to see.

"If people have acted out of turn they need to be dealt with.

"The fourth official confirmed to me that the Bradford boy Davies ran and punched somebody. Then there was a mass of bodies who had initially come together to shake hands.

"It is a shame because it takes away from what was an outstanding performance."

Six Crawley players and one from Bradford were booked during the match with Bradford's Davies, who was sent off, now set for a five-match ban after being shown red cards twice previously this season.