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Norwegian player sent off after protesting against penalty awarded to him
The lower division veteran in the Scandinavian nation was giving his marching orders after arguing against the official's decision to give his team a spot kick
A player from the Norwegian fifth tier was shown a red card after protesting against a penalty awarded to himself.
Sandved's Talat Abunima was playing against Ild when he fell to the floor in the penalty area yet the 36-year-old claimed afterwards he tripped over his own feet.
The referee, Nedzad Munjic, awarded the penalty and originally gave a yellow card to the player for protesting before then sending Abunima off for continuing his argument.
Speaking to local newspaper, Sandnesposten, the player said: "I went past an Ild player and then tripped over my own feet. It was unbelievably clumsy of me and when the referee pointed to the spot I felt I had to speak out."
However, defending his decision to award two yellow cards, the referee told VG Nett: "It was a clear penalty. The player got it all wrong – I don't think the players know the rules properly. And when I've blown the whistle, I can't change my mind."
The drama did not end there. Oyvind Svenning eventually took the spot kick, deliberately missing from 12 yards claiming it was "the right thing to do".
Then, with Sandved leading 3-1, Ild withdrew one player to make the sides even, yet were themselves awarded two penalties late on, converting both to earn a 3-3 draw.
"The guy who missed on purpose complained a lot about the penalty that led to the 3-3 goal," the referee later added. "I don't really understand that. First he shoots wide on purpose, then he complains when the other team scores. It's hopeless."
Abunima has since had his red card rescinded and is available for selection for Sandved's next game.
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