By Chris Wright
Neither Ukraine or Austria qualified for the European U21 Championship that is rumbling on in Israel as we speak, so the pair got together for a friendly on Wednesday evening.
The game finished 1-0 to Austria, who won the Lobanowsky Memorial Cup (?) as a result, but only after Ukraine had been reduced to ten men with just 35 minutes on the clock when Olesandr Noyok picked up two yellow cards in the space of four seconds.
Having hacked an opponent with a nasty swinging tackle from behind to pick up his first yellow card, Noyok accidentally flicked a loose ball into a different Austrian player’s face as he walked away from the referee, who saw it as deliberate aggression and duly waved a second yellow in Noyok’s direction…
Sent-off for a shite first touch? It’s a good job Carlton Palmer isn’t still playing.