You're off! The fastest football red card dismissals
During Steven Gerrard's farewell tour of England, the visit of Manchester United to Anfield was supposed to be one of the highlights. Unwittingly, it was: held on the bench until half-time, the Liverpool skipper was unleashed at the break - and dismissed 38 seconds later, red-carded for a stamp on Anders Herrera (having already managed to string together four complete passes).
Others, however, haven't even had time to so much as bat an eyelid at the referee before being ordered to the showers. Here are some of the best (or worst, depending on which side you're on), in descending order of time on the pitch...
Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven vs NAC Breda) – 29 seconds
The quickest red card in Eredivise history... wasn't a red card offence at all. PSV's Willems was given his marching orders after what looked like a harmless challenge on NAC midfielder Gill Swerts, but referee Kevin Blom was fooled by the Belgian's exaggerated dive and produced the red card after only 29 seconds.
Thankfully for PSV, the numerical disadvantage didn't seem to slow them down in any way as they picked up a 2-0 win. Blom also later had the dismissal overturned after seeing replays and admitting that he'd got the decision wrong. Cheers, ref.
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