Crawley Town beat Bradford City 2-1 in their English League Two match on Tuesday despite being shown six yellow cards to Bradford's one during the match. The referee became even busier at the final whistle when a brawl kicked off between the two clubs, resulting in five red cards distributed back in the dressing rooms to equal a British record for players dismissed.
"I can't believe this has happened," Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, who had three players shown red cards after the 2-1 home defeat on Tuesday night, told the BBC.
"I have never been in a situation before where a ref has come into the dressing room, pulled players on one side and sent them off. He wouldn't allow me in there."
Since the five players were red carded for violent conduct, they will each receive an automatic three-match ban, while the clubs could face additional fines for losing control of the situation.
As unusual as that sounds, it would've been even weirder if the ref forced the players sent off from the dressing room to go back on the pitch.
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