Croydon Athletic midfielder sent off in FA Cup debut for 'accidentally flashing' referee

Posted by Chris Wright

AFC Croydon Athletic midfielder Louis Blake experienced the true magic of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon when he was sent off just 20 minutes into his debut for the non-league side for "accidentally flashing" his genitals to the referee.

Making his first appearance for Croydon, having come on as a second-half substitute in their extra preliminary-round match against Colliers Wood, Blake found himself ordered from the pitch when the referee took umbrage at Blake's black undershorts underneath his crimson kit (FA rules dictate all undergarments should be the same colour as a player's kit, so as not to cause colour clashes).

Despite protesting to the referee that he did not have an alternate pair of cycling shorts to change into, Blake was ordered back to the dressing room to change.

Having removed his black shorts, Blake returned to the pitch without underwear. The referee asked the 21-year-old to prove he'd ridden himself of the offending garment before being allowed back on.

Blake apparently was a little too zealous in pulling down the front of his shorts, duly giving the official an accidental flash of his nether regions, for which he was immediately sent off.

Blake said after the game:

"I was gobsmacked, I was shocked and I was angry. I just pulled my shorts forward a bit to show him there was nothing there and he gave me a red.

"How else am I meant to prove I've got nothing on down there? All I wanted to do was make a good impression on my debut and now I'm probably going to have to miss three games!"

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