In the first, and almost certainly last, of a new series, I would like to make a nomination for the award of stupidest booking of the season.
My nomination goes to Julian Bennett of Nottingham Forest.
During his side’s 2-1 defeat at Swindon yesterday, Bennett received a yellow card for inciting the opposition fans, a punishment given almost exclusively to players indulging in over-exuberant goal celebrations.
What actually happened was that a goalbound Swindon shot was prevented from crossing the line by a muddy patch in the six-yard box. Forest cleared it, but the referee’s attention became drawn to a rumpus behind the goal. Bennett, one of the Forest substitutes, had curtailed his warm-up routine to energetically celebrate Swindon’s misfortune infront of their own fans, thus causing a fight to break out.
Perhaps he thought he’d get away with it because the referee would be watching the game. Silly boy.