AN ASSISTANT manager was red-carded after he stepped onto the pitch to stop a counter-attack by the rival team in the last minute of normal time.
TV footage showed him leaving the sideline and deliberately intercepting a ball meant for a forward who had a good chance of putting his team 2-1 up and helping them claim a valuable three points.
An assistant manager caused fury amongst his team’s opponents after he stopped their last attack of the game with the score at 1-1Credit: Otero TV LIVE
The coach’s actions infuriated the opposing teamCredit: Otero TV LIVE
One player was so angry he pushed the assistantCredit: Otero TV LIVE
And the second in command was also sent off by the ref for his deplorable actionsCredit: Otero TV LIVE
The referee gave him his matching orders as the striker he took the ball off held his hands up in disbelief before pushing the offender from behind in a show of disgust.
The extraordinary sequence of events happened during a regional first division match between Madrid sides Villanueva del Pardillo and Colmenar Viejo.
The home team had equalised with a 83rd minute goal before their chance of a late winner was snatched away by the anti-sporting gesture.
Villanueva del Pardillo FC tweeted after the match finished: “Great game which was tarnished by the actions of the rival manager which we consider contrary to fair play and the values of football.”
It added in a subsequent tweet: “The action in question was not carried out by the manager, but by the assistant manager.
“He was red-carded for running onto the pitch to stop a counter-attack.”
Colmenar Viejo said in an official statement posted yesterday/on Monday, 24 hours after the shocking incident: “We regret what happened.
“An isolated action should not call into question the image or the values this club has demonstrated in all categories for so many years.
“Our assistant made a mistake and expressed his total regret immediately over what had occurred.
“Once the match had finished, a club representative who was present in the ground personally said sorry in the name of the club to representatives of Villanueva del Pardillo who we are on good terms with and always have been.
“This apology is something we now make publicly.”
The club did not say in its statement it would be taking any disciplinary action against the assistant manager, who has not been officially identified but has been named locally as Ivan Abad Munoz.
Regional league bosses are expected to announce a stiff penalty in the coming days, although there has been no suggestion so far the team prevented from continuing their counter-attack will be given the three points instead of having to settle for one.
An angered Villanueva del Pardillo player took to social media after the incident to say: “For this to happen in football shows peoples’ values.
“If the club this man represents wants to demonstrate it has values, they should oust this person.”
Another sports fan added: “He should have his licence taken away and the other team should be given the three points.”