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DTotD: Ukraine U-21 gets booked, then backheels ball off opponent’s face and gets sent off

Ukraine U-21 captain Olesandr Noyok was booked twice in a matter of seconds during a match against Austria, resulting in a sending off for a dumb combination of moves. Noyok was first booked for a very poor two-footed tackle from behind on an Austrian player. He didn't offer much protest as the referee showed him a yellow card, but as he walked away from the official someone kicked the ball his way, so he instinctively backheeled it.

Unfortunately, for Noyok, that move sent the ball into the face of an unsuspecting second opponent, who fell to his knees. The referee saw the whole thing and showed Noyok another yellow and sent him off as the player appeared to try and argue that it was just an accident.

Noyok probably shouldn't have touched the ball at all, but in his defense, he probably couldn't have executed that face shot again if he tried.

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

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