Red mist for United as seven sent off in Premier League match

Players clash during the ill-tempered match
Players clash during the ill-tempered match

Seven red cards were shown for five separate incidents during Thame United’s football match with Highworth Town on Saturday.

Referee Mateusz Filipiak dismissed four players from United and three from Highworth as the visitors claimed a 2-0 victory at the ASM Stadium.

General manager of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Brian King is awaiting the referee’s report but was aware of the unusual events.

He said: “I can’t recall in 22 years at the league anything like it, especially not a match with seven dismissals!”

Thame, who play in the Premier Division, drew 1-1 with league-leaders Ardley United on Boxing Day but their defeat in bizarre circumstances on Saturday ends an unbeaten run of eight games.

United were top of the respect table for fair play at the end of November but had four players sent off in the space of just 20 minutes in the second half.

The first of the seven dismissals came after a brawl shortly before the break and resulted in Filipiak brandishing a red card to Town defender Chris Flanagan as he strangled one of the Thame players.

United striker and Harry Potter film star Louis Cordice was next to go as he was dismissed for kicking the ball away after a stoppage in the 70th minute.

Moments later Thame defender Ellis Hercules was shown red for a tackle considered dangerous by Filipiak.

With 10 minutes left, the visitors were also reduced to nine men as Bradley Clarke was sent off for dissent.

A scuffle in the closing stages saw the final three dismissals for United’s Ben Connelly and Matt Willet, along with Town’s Toby Clark

Hercules tweeted: “Worst ref I’ve ever had... sent 7 players off.”

While United midfielder Ollie Lynch tweeted: “So there were 7 red cards in my game today #normal.”

United boss Mark West was unavailable for comment but club secretary Jake Collinge said an internal review would now take place.

He said: “We can’t comment further until after that process.”