Dirty Tackle

DTotD: Dutch footballer accidentally tackles referee with two-footed lunge

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

RKC Waalwijk midfielder Jeff Stans took down the referee with an odd two-footed tackle in the center of the pitch during an Eredivisie match against NEC Nijmegen. Stans' attempt to get to a pass that went behind him caused him to slide through the referee, who took a tumble. The ref laughed it off and patted Stans on the back to let him know it was OK, but Stans appeared more concerned with missing the pass as play continued.

Of course, this could have all been a well-planned ploy to tackle the referee without getting in trouble for it. If so, it was clearly a resounding success.

This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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