Referee sends off six players after underwear dispute

Published: 29th September 2011

Referee sends off six players after underwear dispute
A referee has sent off six members of youth soccer team Bath City after they failed to wear the correct clothing, Bath Chronicle reports.

The referee spotted that the players were wearing black underwear or cycling pants, which goes against Football Association rules stating that shorts and undergarments must be the same colour.

While the rule is rarely enforced, the referee went on to order two of the teenage players to change their clothing on the sideline of the pitch, in full view of the 150-strong crowd.

This has sparked further controversy, as the team's Welsh opponents Newport went on to score in their absence.

Manda Rigby, Bath City chairman, told the paper: "The referee may have been right on a technicality but I cannot believe that when that rule was made, the intended consequence was that 16 and 17 year olds should have to change their shorts in public at the side of a pitch."

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