Footballer picks up world record SIX red cards in one game - and is banned from

Published On: March 4, 2011, 1:35 pm
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Footballer picks up world record SIX red cards in one game - and is banned from playing for two years

An amateur player was shown six red cards in the same match - a record for any British footballer.

And yesterday, striker Paul Cooper, 39, said his playing days were over after football chiefs slapped a two-year ban on him.

The veteran player was first sent off in the Borders Amateur League match when he picked up a second yellow card for dissent.

But Cooper, who was playing for Hawick United against Pencaitland, continued to protest to ref Andy Lyon as he started to leave the pitch.

And in the next five minutes, Lyon was forced to flash the red card five times more as Cooper yelled abuse at him.

Now football bosses have thrown the book at him for the verbal bust-up in the match against Pencaitland in November.

And Cooper, nicknamed Santa, says he will not appeal and would be hanging up his boots.

He said: "I know it was my fault that I got into trouble.

"I completely overreacted after I had been sent off and I know I said things to the ref I should not have.

"But I felt so frustrated as I honestly wasn't to blame for the incident that led to me being sent off. After the game, I went to see the referee and I apologised to him for losing it and he accepted the apology."

Cooper added that he had been unable to take time off work to attend his disciplinary hearing at Hampden and plead his case.

Instead, he had to wait for a letter to tell him his fate.

He said: "Unfortunately, I've been in bother before with bans and I expected six months. But I was stunned when I got two years.

"I think that will be my days as a player over. I'm 39 and I felt I could play on for a couple of years but those years have gone now.

"I'm absolutely gutted because I love my football.

Hawick manager George Shepherd said: "Paul was wrong in what he did but a two-year suspension is way over the top.

"A few mad moments have basically cost Paul his footballing career. He is a very good player and will be a big miss to Hawick."

Hugh Knapp, of the Scottish Amateur Football Association, said last night: "The matter was properly dealt with.

"Mr Cooper was given the opportunity to attend a hearing but decided not to.

"He was also given the opportunity to appeal to the Scottish Football Association and chose not to do that so the matter is closed."

Hawick United were also fined £150 over the incident, which happened in November.


1 80 minutes on the clock and it's a second yellow for dissent -and a red to follow

2 Cooper isn't happy about his red and tells the ref about it. Red again

3 A screaming Cooper is still seeing red in more ways than one. The ref goes for the card

4 Cooper is still walking - and talking. Whatever he says, the ref doesn't like it

5 And he's a recordbreaker. No British player has had five reds before

6 After five minutes of abuse and a final red, Cooper finally leaves the pitch.

Source: Scottish Daily Record.

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