A “football” player (we in America rightly would say soccer, but I’ll go ahead and use the English term here) decided that waiting was not a possibility. When you gotta go, you gotta go. So, that’s what a New Zealander, playing in England, did this past Saturday, October 28th, 2017. He was given a red card, but of course everyone is asking why he didn’t get a yellow card first (you know, because pee is yellow).
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In the final minutes of an English soccer match on Saturday, something odd happened: Salford City’s goalkeeper was given a red card, for no obvious reason.
Max Crocombe, a 24-year-old New Zealander, was sent off the pitch, and neither team knew why.
“Red Card! Crocombe see red for something off the ball. No one has a clue what has happened,” tweeted Salford.
88: Red Card! Crocombe see red for something off the ball. No one has a clue what has happened. 1-2
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) October 28, 2017
A minute later, the opposing team, Bradford Park Avenue, offered some clarity: “We can confirm that Crocombe has been sent off for urinating during the game. We are not joking.”
87′ – We can confirm that Crocombe has been sent off for urinating during the game. We are not joking. #greenarmy (1-2)
— Bradford Park Avenue (@BPAFCOfficial) October 28, 2017
“He was told by the steward twice not to do it and he went ahead and had a pee,” Bradford Park club secretary Colin Barker told The Associated Press. “He went to the side of the stand as I understand it. I didn’t actually see it but the referee definitely sent him off for it because he was alerted to it by his linesman.”
Crocombe apologized on Twitter after the game, which Salford won, 2-1. The teams play in the sixth tier of English football.
“I was in a very uncomfortable position and made an error in judgement which spoiled a great win,” Crocombe wrote. “My intention was never to offend anyone and I’d like to apologise to both clubs and both sets of supporters and it won’t happen again.”
This happened before. This one happened in Germany: