Record Breaker

English striker earns fastest red card of all time

Chippenham Town forward sees red after three seconds

David Pratt, an aptly named striker with British Gas Business Premier team Chippenham Town has received the dubious honour of the world’s fastest sending off. His studs-up lunge against a Bashley player on Saturday earned him a red after just three seconds:

“The world record is not a big deal for me, it’s not something that I’m proud of,” Pratt said. “I’m not the sort of player that would deliberately go in to hurt someone. I play with passion and commitment and I saw the ball and just went for the tackle.”

The current record for fastest sending off in a professional league game is thought to be held by Giuseppe Lorenzo, who took just ten seconds to find himself excused when playing for Bologna against Parma in 1990.

Of course, if Cristiano Ronaldo carries on with the kind of ridiculous petulance we have seen in his last few games, this record could be smashed very soon…


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