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18th Sep 2022

Jean-Clair Todibo sent off after nine seconds in Nice vs Angers

Callum Boyle

So bad it’s almost impressive

Jean-Clair Todibo got off to the worst possible start in Nice’s game against Angers after he was shown a straight red card nine seconds into the game.

The centre-back was given his marching orders almost instantly after he clipped the Angers attacker to send him flying.

Although the former Barcelona prospect protested his innocence, the referee was having none of it and opted to send him off straightaway.

The decision seemed to be a harsh one, given that it looked like there was enough cover for the 22-year-old for the challenge to warrant a yellow card at most.

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to achieve a World Record for the fastest red card in history. That achievement goes to Lee Todd, who was sent off two seconds into a game between local rivals, Cross Farm Park Celtic and Taunton East Reach Wanderers.

During an interview, with SportBIBLE, Todd explained what happened. He said: “We were about to kick-off and the referee reminded us about swearing like he normally did.

“And as he walked past me, he blew the whistle for kick-off but blew it right in my ear. I bent down, muttered ‘f**k me, ref, that was loud!’ and the next thing I knew, I had a red card in my face.”

It follows after Japan international Shoya Nakajima was sent off 20 seconds into his Antalyaspor debut. Nakajima was penalised for a dangerous late tackle on right-back Jonas Svensson, who was left in a lot of pain.

The winger was given his marching orders instantly, leaving him with a debut to forget in front of his family, who had travelled over 5,000 miles to attend the game in Turkey.

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