Referee Sends Off 6 Bath Players For ‘Wearing Wrong Knickers’
The referee for the club’s match between Newport and Bath said the players’ underwear breached FA rules. Undies must be the same colour as shorts.
Rule 4 says:
“If thermal undershorts are worn, they are of the same main colour as the shorts.”
The game – City lost 6-0 – went something like this:
The City player had gone down injured under a heavy challenge – prompting treatment from the trainer. While he was down, the referee noticed white cycling shorts poking out from underneath his kit and ordered him to change.
The ref looks about. He orders the felled player and another Bath player from the field to change their white Lycra cycling shorts that do not match their red kit shorts.
* Referee spots that one of the player’s pants are not regulation colour. He is ordered to remove them. He does this in full view of 149 spectators at the side of the pitch.
* Newport score.
* One player returns to play with nothing under his shorts.
* Bath react badly. They complain.
* The Referee shows red cards to an unused substitute, City’s manager Billt Clark and the felled player.
* Managing director Paul Williams takes over the team.
* City’s goalie is sent off.
Referee locks himself in changing room.