World of Sport

Six sent off following underpants row

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A youth game descended
into farce after Bath City's youth team had five players and their manager sent
off following a row about underpants.

Darren Adie, refereeing
the contest against Newport County, contentiously ruled that some of the Bath
team's underwear contravened the official rules.

The FA's rule 4 says "if thermal
undershorts are worn, they are of the same main colour as the shorts."

Several players fell foul
of the ruling, wearing white pants which were visible under the club's red
shorts.

That said, the match was
20 minutes old before the issue came to a head.

Defender Billy Cooper was
sent off first, with manager Billy Clark following for dissent at the decision,
before Ciaran Rogers, Zemell Burton, Ben Bicknell and Lewis Pierre all saw red.

Despite that, the Bath
Chronicle report that Bath City believe that even after the red cards, there
were still players on the pitch on both sides who were technically in breach of
the rules but remained on the pitch throughout.

Unsurprisingly, Bath City
went on to lose the Youth Cup tie 6-0, with the first goal scored while two of
their players were off the field, changing.

Bath City chairman
Manda Rigby described the parents who saw the game as "distressed and
angry," and said that referee Adie had locked himself in his room after
the game.

'"It was farcical - I
have never seen anything like it before," she said.

'"I was in total
disbelief."

Bath managing director
Paul Williams added: "It was all very
surreal. I was angry with the officials.

"Every team has to submit a
report about the officials to the FA. Let's just say ours is a very long
report."

A spokesman for the FA said it was
looking into the incident together with the Welsh FA, who supplied the match
officials.

Newport County
secretary Mike Everett, meanwhile, said he would not be making a similar
complaint about the standard of refereeing.

"I understand that
the initial problem was regarding incorrect undergarments," he said.
"The referee made his decisions. There's not a lot I can add."

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