By Chris King •
Updated: 02 Jun 2022 • 14:51
One of the most bizarre incidents to ever occur on a football field happened yesterday, Sunday, October 17. It came during the Irish Premiership clash at the Oval between Glentoran and Coleraine.
Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron McCarey was shown a straight red card by referee Andrew Davey after seeming to lash out at his own team-mate Bobby Burns, after Coleraine had scored their second goal to equalise in the match.
With ten minutes remaining, Coleraine striker Cathair Friel slotted the ball past McCarey and set off to celebrate his goal. Immediately, the 29-year-old keeper sprints over to face his teammate on the edge of the penalty area, presumably upset over the fact that he had conceded possession in midfield in the build-up to Coleraine’s equaliser.
In the video footage shown below, McCarey can be seen putting Burns to the floor, before picking him up again by his shirt, as teammates Patrick McClean and Rhys Marshall rush over and intervene to break it up.
Coleraine had taken the lead through Conor McKendry after 15 minutes of this match, before two strikes from Jay Donnelly put Glentoran in the lead.
Glentoran keeper McCarey is a former Republic of Ireland U21 international, who joined the Glens last Christmas, after spending two seasons with Dundalk. As he left the field after being red-carded, he was showered with boos from his own fans.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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