(Reuters) - Cristobal Marquez was ‘sent off’ twice as VAR provoked extraordinary scenes in Fuenlabrada’s match against Girona in the Spanish second division on Sunday.
Fuenlabrada’s Marquez was initially shown a straight red card for a tackle on Girona’s Alex Granell and trudged off down the tunnel.
He was given a reprieve, however, as a VAR check deemed his challenge worthy of only a yellow card, shown to him as he walked back out to continue playing.
Then matters descended into farce.
Before play resumed Marquez became involved in an angry altercation with Granell.
Both players were booked but as it was Marquez’s second yellow card he was sent off for the second time in a matter of minutes and this time there was no coming back.
Girona won the game 1-0.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis