You know it’s not a good day when two of your team get red-carded for coming to blows – with each other.
The players of English Championship side Preston North End had a day to forget on Saturday when two members of their squad were sent off for fighting, but not with the opposition.
Strikers Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford received their marching orders after a scuffle over a missed chance as North End sought an equaliser late on in their game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Wednesday were temporarily down to nine men following a red card and an injury as Preston broke forward. But when Marnick Vermijl shot over after Doyle found him instead of Beckford, the two came together.
Beckford was angry with Doyle as he had considered himself to have been in a better shooting position.
The strike duo traded blows before teammates managed to separate them, but only part of the scuffle was caught on camera. Both were then sent off, much to the delight of the home fans.
Speaking after the incident, North End boss Simon Grayson labelled the duo an embarassment, adding that, “You expect it in the playground between four or five-year-olds, not from two professionals who’ve been in the game a long time.”
He added that the duo would be punished by the club, on top of any ban handed down to them by the FA.