Wednesday , January 20 2021

Serie B club Cosenza’s play with 12 men was quickly reduced to 10 after being sent off

Italian Serie B club Cosenza said they would protest after they accidentally ended up with 12 men on the pitch and then were quickly reduced to 10 in their 1-0 defeat to Salernitana on Sunday.

Confusion arose after Cosenza made a three-fold substitute in the 75th minute but one of the players who left, Mirko Bruccini, did not realize he had been substituted and remained on the pitch.

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After a few minutes, the referee realized what had happened and told Bruccini to leave the pitch while Abou-Malal Ba, the player who replaced him, was shown a yellow card for entering the pitch without permission.

Shortly after, Ba was again booked for a poor tackle and was sent off, leaving Cosenza with 10 men.

Cosenza said in a statement that they would go to a disciplinary court “regarding the episode which occurred in the 75th minute of the second half of the match that led to the expulsion of Abou Malal Ba.”

“The club has requested match documents to assess whether, and to what extent, negligence and / or regulatory violations have occurred which may have influenced the proper behavior of the match,” the statement added.

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