By Chris Wright
Croydon Athletic launch their new away kit to mixed reaction
AFC Croydon Athletic midfielder Louis Blake was sent off during Saturday’s FA Cup extra preliminary round match against Colliers Wood for “accidentally flashing” the referee when asked to prove that he had removed his undershorts.
Having come on as a second-half sub to make his debut for the club, Blake managed about 20 minutes before the referee noticed that his black cycling shorts didn’t match Croydon’s burgundy kit and ordered him off the pitch in order to change them – despite the 21-year-old’s protestations that he didn’t have an alternative pair.
Having removed his black shorts in the dressing room, Blake was forced to go “commando” to return to the pitch where the referee asked him to prove he’d removed the offending garment before re-entering the game.
Unfortunately, upon pulling down the front of his shorts as per the referee’s request, Blake revealed more than the fact that he’d removed his undershorts – giving the official an eyeful of todger on the touchline, for which he was duly sent-off.
Said an incredulous Blake after the game:
“I was gobsmacked, I was shocked and I was angry. I just pulled my shorts forward a bit to show him there was nothing there and he gave me a red.
“How else am I meant to prove I’ve got nothing on down there? All I wanted to do was make a good impression on my debut and now I’m probably going to have to miss three games.”
Ah, the magic of the FA Cup.