FORMER Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey was sent off while playing for his new club in Ireland – for hitting his own team-mate!
McCarey, 29, had to be pulled back by his Glentoran team-mates following his furious reaction towards Bobby Burns in the Irish Premiership game.
The moment McCarey floors team-mate BurnsCredit: Pacemaker
McCarey appears to drag Burns up by his shirt after knocking him to the floorCredit: Pacemaker
Ref Andrew Davey appears to spot the altercation just before sending McCarey offCredit: Pacemaker
The match against Coleraine ended 2-2 but it was overshadowed by the bizarre end to the game in Belfast.
BBC footage suggests McCarey held Burns responsible for allowing Cathair Friel to stroke a late equalsier past him after a break forward from midfield.
While the Coleraine players celebrated their goal McCarey races over to Burns in his penalty area and knocks him to the floor by shoving him in the face.
The keeper then appears to drag Burns up from the floor by his shirt before other players intervene.
The BBC’s Alvin McCaig, who was reporting on the game, said: “Drama upon drama at the Oval, starting with Lyndon Kane setting up substitute Friel to hit the bottom corner and equalise on 81 minutes.
“But then McCarey gets up and races towards Burns, proceeding to lash out and leaving referee Andrew Davey with no choice but to show him a red card.”
McCarey, who has represented the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s, spent six years at Wanderers and made seven senior appearances and had several loan spells at other clubs before leaving in 2016.
Since then he has had a two-year spell in Scotland with Ross County before moving back to his homeland to play for sides including Dundalk, Cliftonville, and now Glentoran.
Conor McKendry had given Coleraine and early lead but Jay Donnelly’s brace looked to have secured the Glens the win before the late fireworks.