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Gortler gets subbed off then sent off in bizarre incident

  • FC Utrecht striker Lukas Gortler was sent off from the bench in a bizarre incident
  • Gortler was booked in the first half against Ajax before later being substituted off
  • In the dying minutes he left his seat to pick up a loose ball in effort to waste time
  • Justin Kluivert was trying to get there first to take a throw in and grabbed Gortler
  • It sparked an outbreak of pushing while the Utrecht forward tried to sneak off
  • The referee spotted him and brandished a second yellow card followed by a red 

By Jordan Seward For Mailonline

Published: 10:00 EST, 28 January 2018 | Updated: 10:04 EST, 28 January 2018

FC Utrecht forward Lukas Gortler was sent off from the substitutes' bench in a bizarre incident in the dying minutes of their goalless stalemate with Ajax on Sunday.

Gortler was booked in the first half of the Eredivisie fixture at the Stadion Galgenwaard before later being subbed off just before the hour mark.

However, the 23-year-old's involvement did not stop there as he received a red card in the strangest of circumstances in the last minute of the match.

Lukas Gortler was sent off for leaving the bench to pick up the ball in an attempt to waste time
Lukas Gortler was sent off for leaving the bench to pick up the ball in an attempt to waste time

Lukas Gortler was sent off for leaving the bench to pick up the ball in an attempt to waste time

He got the ball before Justin Kluivert could which led to Kluivert grabbing him round the neck
He got the ball before Justin Kluivert could which led to Kluivert grabbing him round the neck

He got the ball before Justin Kluivert could which led to Kluivert grabbing him round the neck

The score was 0-0 heading into the last knockings of the 90 minutes and Utrecht were growing increasingly anxious for the full-time whistle.

With just one minute remaining the ball was kicked out of play for an Ajax throw in just past the halfway line.

Justin Kluivert was eager to get the game going and ran over to pick the ball up, but Gortler had already left his seat from the bench to beat him in the race.

It sparked an outbreak of pushing and shoving as Utrecht players leapt from the bench
It sparked an outbreak of pushing and shoving as Utrecht players leapt from the bench

It sparked an outbreak of pushing and shoving as Utrecht players leapt from the bench

In the midst of the chaos Gortler tried sneaking off in an attempt to avoid punishment
In the midst of the chaos Gortler tried sneaking off in an attempt to avoid punishment

In the midst of the chaos Gortler tried sneaking off in an attempt to avoid punishment

He foolishly leaned over the advertising board and swooped it up before the Ajax winger could get to it in an effort to waste time.

Before he could turn away Kluivert grabbed him round the neck to try and get the ball back off of him.

It sparked an outbreak of pushing and shoving as Utrecht players and staff leapt from the bench to intervene with Ajax's players coming to aid their team-mate.

In the midst of the chaos Gortler tried sneaking off to retake his seat on the bench in an attempt to avoid punishment.

The referee was wise to it and gave the Utrecht forward, who was booked earlier, a yellow card
The referee was wise to it and gave the Utrecht forward, who was booked earlier, a yellow card

The referee was wise to it and gave the Utrecht forward, who was booked earlier, a yellow card

It was Gortler's second yellow of the game with the referee brandishing a red card shortly after
It was Gortler's second yellow of the game with the referee brandishing a red card shortly after

It was Gortler's second yellow of the game with the referee brandishing a red card shortly after

But the referee was wise to it and awarded the Utrecht forward a second yellow card followed by a red after the situation had calmed down.

A member of the officiating staff escorted Gortler down the tunnel as the home support applauded him for his selfless act.

The match finished 0-0 in the end with Utrecht remaining in seventh position and Ajax in second, seven points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Utrecht face a trip to Excelsior next but could now be without Gortler who could be handed a one-game suspension for his antics.

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