A bizarre scene in the Irish football league has seen a goalkeeper given a red card for attacking his own teammate after conceding a goal.
The incident occurred during Glentoran’s clash against Coleraine when Cathair Friel scored an equaliser in the 80th minute.
As the player wheeled away in celebration, Glentoran goalkeepr Aaron McCarey was left irate, immediately heading towards teammate Bobby Burns before knocking him to the ground.
McCarey then dragged Burns up by his jumper as the pair were separated by teammates, before he was given a red card by the referee.
Glentoran great Paul Leeman was on commentary for BBC was left stunned by McCarey’s actions.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s a moment of madness,” he said.
“It’s madness from the goalkeeper. Yes, he maybe has a problem with Bobby Burns’ part in the build-up but you just can’t do that.
“That’s just madness. It’s crazy.
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“I saw it when it happened and I couldn’t believe it. The players weren’t happy when he did that.”
However, after the match, Glentoran coach Mick McDermott attempted to downplay the incident, saying there was no unrest in the dressing room.
“Is there trouble in the dressing room? No, absolutely not,” he said.
“The players are sitting in there. Nobody falls out. They’re all grown men. It’s an incident that shouldn’t have happened and now we move on.
“Two players got in a row, it’s happened before. It’s not nice, they are both disappointed with it and we move on.
“It’s not a major incident like we’ve got two players fighting in the changing room. We don’t have unrest in the dressing room.
“The two players are sitting beside each other in there now, both guttered about what happened, as are we.
“I am more concerned about how we conceded the goal before the incident.”
McDermott added that Burns said there had been no contact made to his face despite the ugly scenes on the field.
“Aaron has come into the dressing room and said he shouldn’t have done it, he has held his hand up and Bobby Burns the same,” the coach said.
“They’re both gutted with what happened, so look, we’ll deal with it.
“I spoke to Bobby and he said he didn’t strike him in the face. There was no contact with the face.
“Bobby confirmed in the dressing room, I actually brought him into my office, he said there was no contact with his face but when he fell back he hit his head on the grass and that was the reaction.”