Watch: Football match abandoned after 120 seconds as two players sent off

Player sent off East Harling Reserves v Corton Seltic

Player sent off East Harling Reserves v Corton Seltic - Credit: Archant

There were dramatic scenes as a football match between East Harling and Corton Seltic was abandoned after just two minutes.

The Almary Green Anglian Combination division five South game between East Harling Reserves and Corton Seltic, on Saturday, was abandoned after the Lowestoft-based visitors walked off the pitch.

Having started the game with only nine players, Corton Seltic were soon reduced to eight men when referee, Stephen Artis, sent off a defender, who committed a professional foul and prevented a goalscoring opportunity.

From the free kick a Seltic player was then booked for dissent, before a second Seltic player was dismissed for alleged verbal abuse – all within 120 seconds of the kick-off.

Dramatically the remaining Corton Seltic players shook hands with their Norfolk opponents and walked off – much to the surprise and shock of the supporters.

Spectator Malcolm Blades, 71, said: 'Never in all the years I have been watching football have I seen an incident like this.'

Mr Blades said the crowd were shocked and in disbelief as the players walked off, but agreed the referee had followed the rules to the letter of the law.

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Last night Suffolk FA said: 'We have received the referee's report and have started an investigation. Depending on the findings of the investigation, the appropriate charges will be brought in due course.'

League secretary, Chris McCullough, said Suffolk FA would deal with the incident before any potential punishment was given to Corton Seltic.

Both teams declined to comment while an investigation was under way.

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