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Player gets red card for tackling field invader

  • BBC, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 3:54 PM

Ashley Vickers of English minor league club Dorchester Town was dumbfounded after getting red-carded for tackling a mankini-clad fan who was successfully dodging security guards.

"I'm dumbfounded and speechless," said Vickers, a 39-year-old player-coach whose team was tied 1-1 at Havant & Waterlooville when he was ejected and lost 3-1. "I thought I was doing them a favor. The ref lost the game after that and he knew he had made a great error. ... It beggars belief. Their players told the ref not to send me off and their chairman even offered to take a player off to even things up."

The quasi-streaker has been identified as Havant & Waterlooville fan Alan Young, who said: "It was only a bit of a joke, we all agreed at my local pub on Sunday I'd do it as a bet. The security there were too slow but Vickers caught me quite well. He should be a rugby player. He hit me quite hard so by the time I had got up I didn't know where I was on the pitch because I hadn't expected the tackle.

"The security did ask me afterwards if I was OK but to be honest I enjoyed myself so much I didn't really care what happened at the time."

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