Football NewsMonday 14th November 2016

Watch: Edin Dzeko red-carded for pulling opponent's shorts down

Watch: Edin Dzeko red-carded for pulling opponent's shorts down

​Former Manchester City and current Roma striker Edin Dzeko received a straight red card last night playing for what can only be described as the most bizarre incident to have graced the football pitch in modern times.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was sent off by referee Jonas Eriksson after becoming involved in an altercation with Kyriakos Papadopoulos, which saw the Bosnia captain bundled to the ground, fifteen minutes from time and with his nation one goal to the good.

The Greek defender then attempted to seize the ball from the Roma striker, who was clearly antagonised, and responded by pulling down his opponent's shorts while laying on the ground.

In the ensuing melee, opposing players clashed before both Dzeko and Papadopoulos were shown red cards. However, the Greeks certainly had the last laugh as they managed to equalise in the dying embers to save themselves from a defeat


But Dzeko was seemingly unrepentant and unhappy with the decision after the game, revealing to the ​media : "I got a red card for no reason, I don't know why.

"The referee says I started the whole thing, but I was the only one ending on the floor, so how could I have started it?"

He also claimed that Bosnia were hard done by to not claim all three points in their World Cup qualifying encounter:

"I feel like losing 3-0. Greece didn't deserve this point," he added.

"They didn't even deserve a 1-0 loss, they deserved to lose 4-0."

"The referee should be ashamed of himself. His criteria prevented us from being more aggressive.

"And we conceded a goal because of the red mistake. I hope we will host Greeks in a sports way, not like they have hosted us."

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