Tim Howard and 5 Noteworthy Goalkeeping Red Cards

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2013

Tim Howard and 5 Noteworthy Goalkeeping Red Cards

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    Sunderland's chances of Premier League survival were given a boost on Boxing Day when they pulled off a surprise victory at Goodison Park for their first win on the road since April.

    The only goal of the game came from a 25th-minute Ki Sung-Yeung penalty, which was awarded when Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard brought the South Korean down and earned a red card.

    The American's blip may be costly for the Toffees, who will now be without his services in Premier League ties with Southampton and Stoke, plus an FA Cup encounter with Queens Park Rangers. 

    According to ESPN's Paul Carr, this is Howard's first red card since 2002 when he was playing in MLS for the New York MetroStars. 

    The Everton shot-stopper is by no means the first man between the sticks to receive his marching orders—here are five of the quirkier goalkeeper dismissals from recent seasons. 

Peter Abrahamsson's Hapless Handball

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    Peter Abrahamsson appeared to forget the rules of the beautiful game while representing his Swedish lower league side Orgryte IS against Hammarby this summer.

    A matter of seconds after the game started, the former Sweden U21 keeper punched the ball away from danger, apparently overlooking the fact that he was several yards outside the penalty box. 

    His side ended up playing the remaining 89 minutes with a back-up goalie and 10 men. 

    Abrahamsson was shipped off to BK Hacken in November. 

Esteban Alvarado Brown Fan Fury

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    At around 38 minutes into AZ Alkmaar's KNVB Cup tie with Ajax in December 2011, a drunk fan invaded the pitch and ran toward AZ keeper Esteban Alvarado Brown.

    To everyone's surprise, the Costa Rican defended himself with a powerful flying kung-fu kick and proceeded to kick the trespasser several times as he lay on the ground.

    The situation took another strange turn when referee Bas Nijhuis sent Esteban off, prompting so much outrage from AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek that he pulled his players from the pitch and the game was abandoned.

    The goalkeeper's red card was subsequently rescinded. The fan, meanwhile, earned a lifetime ban. 

Victor Valdes' Vicious Verbal Vernacular

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    When the final whistle blew at the heated Clasico encounter of February 2013, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was incensed at referee Perez Lasa's decision not to award the Catalan side a late penalty following a suspicious challenge from Sergio Ramos on Adriano.

    According to several sources, including the Huffington Post, Valdes hounded the official, shouting something along the lines of "You [the officials] s**t yourselves [by not awarding a penalty against Madrid at the Bernabeu], you have no shame."

    The Spaniard's refusal to back down turned a yellow card into a red one, which subsequently translated into a four-match ban. 

Preston Edwards' Rapid Red

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    Ebbsfleet United keeper Preston Edwards wasn't known particularly well outside northwest Kent before February 2011, but became a worldwide Internet sensation for earning the fastest red card in goalkeeping history in a Conference South clash with Farnborough. 

    When a weak pass from Fleet defender Ryan Blake was intercepted, Edwards was forced to come off his line. He ended up fouling Farnborough striker Kezie Ibe and earning a dismissal within 10 seconds of kick-off. 

    "I'd like to be known for better, different reasons, but it's happened," he told the BBC afterward. 

Mircea Bornescu's Biting Banishment

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    A Romanian Liga match between Petrolul and Gaz Metan in May 2013 descended into chaos in the second half when seven players ended up with red cards.

    During one of the more unpleasant incidents, Petrolul goalkeeper Mircea Bornescu involved himself in a scuffle all the way up in the centre circle that started when Gaz Metan striker Tha'er Bawab went down with what was perceived to be a fake injury. 

    Bornescu then gave him a genuine injury by sinking his teeth into his arm. The shot-stopper ended up with a swift punch to the head and a red card for his troubles. 

     

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