The BBC wins for best opening sentence of the day:
Bath City had five players sent off as an FA Youth Cup tie descended into farce following a row over underpants.
Bath manager Billy Clarke was also shown a red for dissent after the first of his players was sent off for the underwear violation 20 minutes into their eventual 6-0 loss to Newport County in the FA Youth Cup qualifying match. The BBC explains:
Underwear must be the same colour as the shorts but Bath's white pants were visible below their black shorts.
"It was all very surreal. I was angry with the officials," said Bath managing director Paul Williams.
"Rules are rules but the officiating wasn't what it should have been for a youth cup tie.
"Why didn't the officials check the colours before the start?"
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and his spandex leggings have fallen afoul of this rule in recent years, so it's not unheard of. Plus, our friends at Eurosport point out that the FA has a rule that states, "if thermal undershorts are worn, they are of the same main colour as the shorts." Still, Bath City has reason to be upset with the iron-fisted official -- because Newport's first goal in what I'm going to call The Underpants Thrashing was scored while two of Bath's players were changing, and the offense doesn't seem to match the severity of the punishment.
Failing to qualify for the FA Youth Cup made it a costly lesson, but Bath City will certainly be sure to better co-ordinate their shorts with their underwear from now on.
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