Teams often finish a match with only 10 men, be it due to the accumulation of two yellow cards or a good old fashioned straight red. Slightly rarer is a team leaving the field with only nine of their men, and rarer still is if those two players were shown their marching orders because they were fighting one another!  

Such was the bizarre scenario that occurred during ​Preston North End's match against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, at Hillsborough.

As reported by ​Goal, Preston were 2-1 down to Wednesday heading into stoppage time and that should have been that - alas, Preston teammates Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford had other ideas.

Evidently, Beckford took issue with Doyle's decision not to pass to him as the game reached its dying embers; subsequently, the pair coming to blows just outside the Wednesday box.


The game was particularly eventful for Doyle, after he managed to grab a consolation goal for Preston earlier on, but ultimately, he's far more likely to remember the game for what happened during its conclusion.

Referee Scott Duncan had no choice other than to send both players off, in a game where the hosts also failed to finish with all 11 players as Fernando Forestieri also saw red for an off-the-ball incident.

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Preston boss Simon Grayson had the following to say about his players' shameful actions:

"I've been in the game for 30 years playing and managing and I've never been involved with anything like that," Grayson told BBC Lancashire. "I spoke to them in the dressing room and they were apologetic, but that doesn't wash with me, something like that should never happen in the professional game.

"It's an absolute embarrassment, I stick up for my players at every club I've been at, I don't like to criticise them in public, I will do in the dressing room. But I can't stick up for either of those players. You expect it in the playground between four or five-year-olds, not from two professionals who've been in the game a long time.

"For something like that to happen is embarrassing. It's a joke, it's a disgrace."