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VIDEO: Accrington goalkeeper gets sent off for throwing bottle at Blackpool fans

Accrington Stanley were defeated 2-1 by Blackpool in League One last night but it was after the Tangerines’ second goal that grabbed much of the talk.

Blackpool broke the deadlock after just five minutes when Matty Virtue found the net, sending the ball into the bottom far corner to score his first goal for the club.

Stanley got themselves back in the game under 20 minutes later thanks to Luke Armstong’s tap in from a Liam Gibson ball across goal.

The 51st minute saw Accrington’s Sam Finley hit the crossbar from 25 yards with the goalkeeper Mark Howard beaten.

On the 80th minute, Blackpool were given a spot kick when Liam Feeney has his legs clipped inside the box.

That followed up with Jay Spearing firing home to make it 2-1, causing flares to be thrown onto the pitch from the away end. Accrington goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov also ended up getting sent off for throwing a bottle into the travelling fans despite them chucking it on in the first place.

Blackpool assistant manager Gary Brabin and Stanley boss John Coleman were booked for a heated discussion on the touchline.

Watch the moment for yourself in the video below…

Accy manager John Coleman said: “To throw a bottle onto the pitch is a criminal offence but it’s our keeper who is punished. It’s wrong and something the FA needs to look at.

“He looped it back, he didn’t throw it violently and yet it’s him who is sent off. I think the ref should have used some common sense, our keeper wasn’t trying to endanger anyone, it was a human reaction and other fans could use it to benefit from it. There is no place for it in football.

“We are devastated but you don’t always get what you deserve in football.”

Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips said: “I thought the sending off was harsh, I saw their keeper chuck an object into the crowd but it shouldn’t have been on the pitch in the first place. However, the referee has to go by the rules of the game.

“The atmosphere was superb and you could see how much it meant to the players by them celebrating with the crowd after, we haven’t had that enough recently.

“It was a really good occasion and I am just pleased we came through a tough game and shaded it.”


After watching the video of the goalkeeper getting sent off for chucking a bottle into the away end despite it being thrown on the pitch by the travelling fans, fans took to social media to give their reaction – check out what they tweeted on the next page.


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