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Friday, 17 April 2009

Amazing J! A Red Card Record for the J. League

Well, it is one of the most exciting leagues in the world. It therefore wasn't too much of a surprise to see a new professional league record set on Wednesday night (April 15th, 2009).

The dubious honour of the fastest ever red card in professional football history goes to Tokyo Verdy midfielder Tomo Sugawara. The J2 game between Verdy and Sagan Tosu was barely nine seconds old when the referee blew for a deliberate foul on a Tosu striker through on goal.

A paltry 3043 fans were rattling around inside the 50000 seater Ajinomoto Stadium to witness the professional football record of Giuseppe Lorenzo's have a couple of seconds shaved off. Lorenzo had seen red after just ten seconds while playing for Bologna in 1990.

The fastest ever red card (professional or otherwise) came in a 2008 English non-league game when David Pratt got sent off after three seconds in the Southern Football League.

Despite the early bath for Sugawara, Verdy went on to run out 2-0 winners.