Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard did not start Sunday’s highly anticipated match against Manchester United, but with his side down 1-0 at halftime, he was brought on for Adam Lallana. And 48 seconds later, he was sent off.
Seriously. This is something that actually happened.
47 – Since 06-07, only one PL sub has been sent off faster than Gerrard today (48 secs): Dave Kitson vs Man Utd in 2007 (47 secs). Rapid.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 22, 2015
Less than a minute after entering the match — before his legs could even realize he was standing up again — Gerrard stamped on Ander Herrera’s leg right in front of the referee. He was then sent off, had to give the captain’s armband right back to Jordan Henderson, and Liverpool were reduced to 10 men just like that.
Juan Mata went on to score his second goal of the day to all but seal the important three points for Man United while Gerrard probably caught an early flight to Los Angeles to begin his MLS career. And just before the final whistle, Martin Skrtel got in a stamp of his own on David De Gea that went unpunished (for the time being).
After the match, Gerrard found the nearest Geoff Shreeves and apologized for his surprise follow up to The Slip.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.