3sec red card creates unwanted record
A player with English minor league club Chippenham Town has set a record for the fastest-red card in senior football when he was sent off for a wild tackle three seconds after kickoff.
Striker David Pratt, 21, was dismissed in a Southern Premier League game against Bashley on Saturday.
"I felt hard done-to by the ref's decision but he thinks it was a red card so I have to take it," Pratt told local media.
The previous fastest sending-off is generally accepted to be 10 seconds for Bologna's Giuseppe Lorenzo after he struck an opponent in a 1990 Italian league game.
English soccer's previous "best" was 13 seconds when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman handled outside his box in a game in 2000.
Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee's whistle to start the game by saying "xxxx me, that was loud" and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.
"The world record is not a big deal for me, it's not something that I'm proud of," Pratt said.
"I'm not the sort of player that would deliberately go in to hurt someone. I play with passion and commitment and I saw the ball and just went for the tackle."
Bashley manager Steve Riley said Pratt had "gone in with his studs showing and went straight through
my player. It was a potential leg-breaker. The ref had no choice."