THIS is the bizarre moment a footballer was sent off for stuttering his penalty run-up.
Dinamo Zagreb forward Bruno Petkovic was shown red for his juddering run-up whilst taking a last minute penalty in his side’s 2-0 win against Istra 1961.
Petkovic tucked the penalty away
But the referee pulled the ball back and showed the striker a second yellow card
The decision left both sets of players confused
The Croatian champions were awarded a late penalty minutes after both teams received a red card.
And Croatia international Petkovic was handed the chance to seal the win from the penalty spot.
The forward – who was already on a booking – stuttered his run-up and cooly slotted the ball home.
But the referee cancelled the spot-kick back and bizarrely showed Petkovic a second yellow card, much to his and his opponent’s surprise.
The decision didn’t come back to bite Dinamo as they eventually netted a second goal late on through Stefan Ristovski.
One footy fan responded to the decision on Twitter saying: “Bruno Petkovic with perhaps the most unique way of getting sent off this year…”
Another accused the ref of match fixing, saying: “In the history of match fixing I’ve never seen one quite like NK Istra 1961 vs GNK Dinamo Zagreb.
“Ref gave a penalty to Zagreb, they scored it… the player was then sent off and the penalty was canceled.”
Three points takes Dinamo two points behind league leaders Osijek with a game in hand.
And their next outing in against bottom of the table Hrvatski Dragovoljac.
A win in neighbouring Novi Zagreb could put Dinamo back in control of the Croatian first division.
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