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Lee Tomlin’s ‘embarrassing’ red card during Bradford v Doncaster slammed by fans

Lee Tomlin’s ‘embarrassing’ red card during the League Two opener Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers has been slammed by fans on Saturday.

We’re not even in August yet but Lee Tomlin received what has been described as one of the most embarrassing red cards we’ll see all season.

The two sides went head-to-head on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 League Two campaign.

Tomlin, making his competitive debut for Donny after leaving Walsall at the end of the 2021/22 season, was handed two yellow cards in quick succession from referee Bobby Madden.

The 33-year-old received the first yellow card after stopping Bradford from taking a free-kick during first-half stoppage-time.

He then chose to kick the ball away for second time before theatrically falling to the ground when Bradford’s James Walker, gave him the slightest push in the back and appeared to tread on his foot.

Walker was given a yellow card, while Tomlin received his marching orders to the amusement of home fans.

Lee Tomlin’s ‘embarrassing’ red card during Bradford v Doncaster was slammed by fans…

@Knowlesy14: Cranston Bantams!

@hank_lufc: Lee Tomlin just needs to retire

@James1889Lewis: Waste of space he is mate

@alastairbull1: Tomlin great signing lol 😂

@RenoldSolo: this looks like match fixing

@MAGSports: Grown men

@Johnnysmalls78: I mean, he stands on his foot, but what was that all about!

@Jacob_BCFC: Could have had the second yellow before that when he kicked the ball away for a second time too lmao

@lufc_222: Bloke in his 30s acting like children when their parents aren’t looking… Embarrassing

@richyfoster: Well played Ref

@SteveSmith1978: That’s hilarious!

@bristolianeagle: Never change, @Leetomlin10 , never change. Embarrassing.

@paul_plumridge: Retire now. That’s embarrassing

@AndrewMudge: Proper refereeing that’s a great start to the season.

@stevehomelander: Tomlin is that chubby guy that plays 5 aside that should have given it up years ago but swears he’d still get in most prem sides

@AlexMorley1: Is Lee Tomlin alright 😂😂😂😂

@samuelbakes: Lee Tomlin is an absolute weapon

@Temple_Gault: Well done ref, need more like that although the 2nd yellow should have been for kicking the ball away

@HodgyGTFC: Good. Needs to happen more often.

@Jammer2529: Tomlin keen to get to Greggs before they close

@tajs_craic: Lee Tomlin man 😂😂 footy is back!

@m_w890: What an embarrassment you are @Leetomlin10

@dickyyorkshire: Is there a bigger cunt in football than Lee Tomlin?

@StuartBrookes: Lee Tomlin clearly had a wager on himself being sent off in the first half… Clearly enjoying his football!

@IanMarsden76: Oh even better it was Lee Tomlin!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

@law_Salter: Lee Tomlin the professional football got sent off today. Like this… FFS fine him 2 weeks wages

@AllEnglandFlags: Lee Tomlin is the reason people call footballers brain dead.

@danwatson123: Hahahaha what an absolute clown Lee Tomlin is 🤡

@jameslccfc: Lee Tomlin is a prick isn’t he 😂

@joegibney15: Biggest embarrassment of a footballer for the season has been won on EFL opening weekend. Lee Tomlin threw the ball away, kicked the ball away (that could have been a second yellow), dived. Go away.

@RDuffy16: Lee Tomlin could genuinely have played in the Premier League for years. One of the most skillful players & best passers I’ve ever seen in the lower leagues. Problem is he does stuff like this all the time.

@s_threlfall4: Lee Tomlin? Probably had 6 pints pre game 😂

@Kenzie1975: @TheKnowledge_GU Is this the quickest ever time between 2 yellow cards for Lee Tomlin for Doncaster at Bradford City? 17 seconds from first to the second #bcafc

@AnsteyJude: Lee Tomlin, bags of talent, bags of stupidity

@stevel1955: That’s the most pathetic sending off I’ve ever witnessed. shame on you Lee Tomlin, you’ve left your team in the shit.

On the 7th minute with Liam Ravenhill – son of former Doncaster and Bradford midfielder Ricky – caught Emmanuel Osadebe with a very heavy tackle, stopping the game for eight minutes with the stretcher and medics brought on.

Some teammates, including Romoney Crichlow, were distressed with the loanee sitting on his own for a minute to compose himself, Osadebe was taken off with the blue lights of an ambulance taking him off to hospital with an allegedly a serious leg injury.

Later on in the game, Ravenhill had been controversially booked and not handed a red card from referee Robert Madden, before being subbed and booed off by fans.

Jonathan Mitchell kept out Lee Angol’s cross-shot while Matty Platt got in the way of a shot from George Miller which looked set to go in.

Harry Lewis prevented Joseph Olowu from putting Donny ahead from Adam Clayton’s corner before Smallwood’s free-kick saw his effort hit the post.

Bradford City: Lewis, Halliday (Chapman 68), Platt, Crichlow, Ridehalgh; East (Cook 81), Smallwood; Osadebe (Sutton 14), Walker, Angol (Harratt 68); Oliver. Substitutes unused: Doyle, Songo’o, Foulds.

Doncaster Rovers: Mitchell; Knoyle, Williams, Olowu, Maxwell; Clayton, Ravenhill (Degruchy 15 (Andrews 45)); Tomlin, Biggins (Long 90), Hurst (Anderson 82), Miller. Substitutes unused: Jones, Agard, Faulkner.

Referee: R Madden (Scotland)


FT AFC Wimbledon (1) 2-0 (0) Gillingham
FT Bradford City (0) 0-0 (0) Doncaster Rovers
FT Carlisle United (1) 1-0 (0) Crawley Town
FT Harrogate Town (1) 3-0 (0) Swindon Town
FT Leyton Orient (0) 2-0 (0) Grimsby Town
FT Northampton Town (1) 3-2 (1) Colchester United
FT Rochdale (0) 1-2 (2) Crewe Alexandra
FT Salford City (2) 2-0 (0) Mansfield Town
FT Stockport County (0) 2-3 (3) Barrow
FT Sutton United (1) 1-1 (1) Newport County
FT Tranmere Rovers (0) 1-2 (1) Stevenage
FT Walsall (2) 4-0 (0) Hartlepool United

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