After the whistle to start the game, soccer player Lee Todd said “F*ck me, that was loud” and received the fastest red card in history: 3 seconds.
Where Pratt was sent off for a reckless challenge, Todd got his marching orders for foul language. Todd had his back to referee at the start of Cross Farm’s Sunday league game against Taunton East Reach Wanderers, and was startled by the force with which the whistle was blown for kick-off. “Fuck me, that was loud,” muttered Todd, and the referee promptly showed him the red card.
“I wasn’t swearing at the ref or anyone else,” protested Todd afterwards. “Anyone else would have done the same – he nearly blew my ear off.” Manager Mark Heard was supportive. “Players should be sent off for swearing at the ref or a player,” he added after his team won the game 11-2. “But referees are supposed to use a bit of common sense.”