Referee sends off WRONG Bolton participant for obvious punch vs Forest Green


THERE have been farcical scenes in League One on Tuesday night after a ref despatched off the mistaken participant.

Bolton vs Forest Green was marred by the referee exhibiting purple to the host’s Dion Charles.


Bolton’s Dion Charles was wrongly proven a purple card as an alternative of Elias Kachunga in opposition to Forest GreenCredit score: Getty
Kachunga appeared to punch an opponent as Charles focused on the football


Kachunga appeared to punch an opponent as Charles targeted on the soccerCredit score: Not recognized, clear with image desk

The 2 sides clashed on a freezing night time on the College of Bolton Stadium.

And the hosts acquired off to a flyer when Charles fired them forward with simply six minutes on the clock.

Nonetheless, the fan favorite quickly turned the sufferer of mistaken identification when he was proven a straight purple card within the 28th minute.

Charles was merely a bystander when an incident occurred between team-mate Elias Kachunga and Forest Green defender Brandon Cooper.

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The pair tangled within the field as Charles waited for a ball to be performed in.

And video replay confirmed Kachunga showing to punch his opponent within the midriff.

However as play was paused by the linesman, referee Tom Nield acquired the mistaken finish of the stick.

As a substitute of constructing a beeline for Kachunga, the official as an alternative made his approach over to Charles.


Charles' night started well when he scored a sixth minute opener


Charles’ night time began nicely when he scored a sixth minute openerCredit score: Getty
Despite playing with 10 men for over an hour, Bolton held on for a 1-0 win


Regardless of enjoying with 10 males for over an hour, Bolton held on for a 1-0 winCredit score: Getty

The prolific striker was having a drink of water on the sideline when Nield confirmed him a purple card, prompting main confusion.

Followers chanted “you’re not fit to referee” as Charles protested his innocence to no avail.

And plenty of others flooded Twitter to query the choice, together with Bolton’s official account.

The admin uploaded a submit saying: “Dion Charles has been sent off. Some confusion around the ground, we’re not sure what’s happened there!?”

Jokers Specsavers acquired in on the enjoyable, replying: “We’re heading over immediately.”

One fan declared: “EFL unfit for purpose. 100 per cent appeal that.”

One other famous: “Unbelievable that Kachunga hasn’t owned up it’s him after seeing the red card.”

One added: “Of all the mistakes to make, sends off our top scorer and leaves our worst player on.”

Bolton boss Ian Evatt was surprised by the choice.

He mentioned afterwards: “We can’t deny that Elias has let all people down, exhibiting that lack of self-discipline will not be acceptable and he is apologised to the group.

“For the linesman to identify it’s a great place however then to get a participant concerned and despatched off who was 15 yards away from the incident is baffling.

“There is enough finance in the game for us to be able to have VAR for every division in the English pyramid. This is equally important to us as it is to any Premier League team.”

Regardless of being a person down for the remainder of the sport, Bolton managed to carry on to their slim benefit regardless of a second-half push from the guests.

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It noticed Bolton finish the sport with simply 37 per cent possession, however extra crucially with all three factors.

Bolton stay fifth within the League One desk in consequence, with Forest Green nonetheless backside.

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