Wolves fell to a 2-1 defeat against Levante in a pre-season friendly on Thursday morning, but it wasn’t the result that stole the headlines after four red cards in the first-half.
After two brawls in five minutes, Wolves had duo Yerson Mosquera and Daniel Podence sent off before half-time along with two other Levante players.
Instead of leaving the second half as a 9-a-side game, referee Jorge Tarraga decided that they should resume with 11 players each in a strange decision that has baffled football fans around the world.
Tarraga went one further and blew for the full-time whistle after just 86 minutes, as it appeared he’d had enough of the encounter and brought it to a close as Levante won 2-1 behind-closed-doors.
— Alex Dicken (@alexedicken) July 21, 2022
There were some unorthodox challenges from Levante players which undoubtedly added fuel to the fire that was about to explode, in one of the most memorable pre-season fixtures in history.
Seems a Levante tactic. Smash em' behind a pole. pic.twitter.com/jQiXkE6qAD
— steve bird (@stevebird1877) July 21, 2022
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