A Chippenham Town player has set a record for the fastest red card in senior soccer when he was sent off for a wild tackle three seconds after kickoff. Striker David Pratt, 21, was dismissed in a Southern Premier League game against Bashley on Saturday. The previous fastest sending-off is generally accepted to be 10 seconds for Bologna's Giuseppe Lorenzo after he struck an opponent in a 1990 Italian league game. English soccer's previous "best" was 13 seconds when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman handled outside his box in a game in 2000. Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee's whistle to start the game by saying "xxxx me, that was loud" and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.
29 December 2008
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