An extraordinary moment occurred in the lower echelons of Spanish football when an assistant coach was shown a red card for entering the pitch to stop a counterattack.
In Madrid’s regional leagues, Villanueva del Pardillo and Colmenar Viejo drew 1-1 when the hosts went on the break after a missed chance from an 89th-minute corner.
They started the game quickly, with the goalkeeper playing from behind towards his defender.
The ball was then sent down the left to the striker, who had plenty of room to collide. There were only two defenders at the back and a number of forwards were piling up.
But incredibly, the attack was halted as Viejo’s assistant manager deliberately ran onto the pitch and tackled the player.
He then walked away as if nothing had happened, with furious Villanueva players rushing to confront him.
🤝 In Spain, Colmenar Viejo & Villanueva del Pardillo draw 1-1
⚽️ Villanueva del Pardillo launches a late attack
😲 Colmenar Viejo’s assistant coach runs down the pitch, takes the ball away from the striker, denying him a chance to score
What shit 😂pic.twitter.com/xnFk2GCUl7
– ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) April 12, 2022
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El hecho happened in the Preferent League of Madrid, when the helper of Colmenar Viejo interfered in the game camp and obstructed an attack by Villanueva del Pardillo cerca de la finalización del encuentro. pic.twitter.com/EdFIXS9EZy
— Diario El Ciudadano (@elciudadanoweb) April 12, 2022
Have you ever seen anything like this? 👀
A Villanueva del Pardillo coach has been sent off after entering the field to stop an 89th-minute counterattack against his team! 😳 pic.twitter.com/i2IYFAyW2S
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 12, 2022
A brief scuffle breaks out between the two teams and he is ejected for encroachment and unsportsmanlike behavior.
The match ended 1–1, with Villanueva in sixth place in the league and Viejo a few places behind in ninth.
But the hosts were clearly still furious about what happened, judging by their social media posts.
Tal y como refleja el acta arbitral, la acción citada no fue realized por el entrenador, sino por el segundo entrenador, que fue expulsion. https://t.co/Ynafp5BQbi
— FC Villanueva del Pardillo (@FCVPAR) April 10, 2022
In two tweets they wrote: “A terrific game which was tarnished by the actions of the rival coach which we consider contrary to fair play and the values of football.”
“As stated in the referee’s report, the action in question was not committed by the manager, but by the second coach, who was sent off.”