SENT OFF AFTER TWO SECONDS; Lee swore over ref's loud blast on whistle.
FOOTBALLER Lee Todd told yesterday how he was sent off just two seconds after the referee blew his whistle to start the game.
Lee, 22, was right beside the ref when he gave what seemed a super-shrill blast to get the Sunday League Sunday League may refer to:
v. deaf·ened, deaf·en·ing, deaf·ens
1. To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
2. To make soundproof.
v.intr. by the noise, bricklayer Lee doubled up in shock and muttered to himself: "F*** me, that was loud."
Referee Peter Kearle instantly pulled out a red card and ordered off six-footer Lee for swearing.
Lee, now almost certainly the record holder for the fastest sending-off in football, said yesterday: "Anyone else would have done the same - he nearly blew my ear off.
"I was gobsmacked gobsmacked
Brit, Austral & NZ slang astonished and astounded
Adj. 1. gobsmacked - utterly astounded . I wasn't swearing at the ref, or anyone else. I'm surprised he even heard me. I was just muttering mut·ter
v. mut·tered, mut·ter·ing, mut·ters
1. To speak indistinctly in low tones.
2. To complain or grumble morosely.
v.tr. to myself.
"Football is a man's game and players swear swear v. 1) to declare under oath that one will tell the truth (sometimes "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"). Failure to tell the truth, and do so knowingly, is the crime of perjury. all the time.
"The other players stood in silence...it was just unbelievable."
Lee, from Minehead, Somerset, has now been fined pounds 27 by a local disciplinary body and banned for 35 days for using "foul and abusive Tending to deceive; practicing abuse; prone to ill-treat by coarse, insulting words or harmful acts. Using ill treatment; injurious, improper, hurtful, offensive, reproachful. language". The star striker for Cross Farm Park Celtic vows not to pay the fine and is planning an appeal to the Football Association.
Lee, whose side was playing Taunton East Reach Rovers, was at the edge of the centre circle when Mr Kearle ran up behind him and blew his whistle to start the game.
Team-mates confronted the official about Lee's dismissal, but he refused to explain his decision.
Club boss Mark Heard said: "Of course, players should be sent off for swearing directly at the ref or another player. But refs are supposed to use a bit of commonsense com·mon·sense
Having or exhibiting native good judgment: "commonsense scholarship on the foibles and oversights of a genius" Times Literary Supplement. ."
Lee's team won 11-2. He has since seen a GP about hearing problems.
The FA and the Guinness Book of Records think it is the quickest dismissal. Whether it stands remains to be seen. Ref Mr Kearle said: "It is in FA hands."