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Noisy passing earns caution
April 15th, 2009 7AM
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[OFF THE POST] In non-league English soccer, a Chorlton Villa player was shown a yellow card for passing gas as an International Manchester FC took a penalty kick, and missed. The referee said, "The player who made the noise was booked for ungentlemanly conduct - trying to put the other player off." The penalty kick was retaken and converted.

Two Villa players were then ejected for swearing while questioning the breaking-wind caution, but Villa managed a 6-4 victory. A third Villa player was ejected for a separate incident of cursing.

"This club had an exemplary record before this game," Villa coach Ian Treadwell told the Telegraph. "It was a mistake for any of my team to get involved. The referee has applied the letter of the law to the absolute button.

"What you would hope for is that there can be room for some common sense as well."

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