Tuesday night saw the Eredivisie record for the fastest red card being re-set, with PSV Eindhoven’s Jetro Willems now the not-so-proud holder of the record. He was sent-off with the clock having just reached 29 seconds for a late tackle on Gill Swerts of NAC Breda.
However, it would be fair to say that he was pretty unfortunate to have been shown a direct red, as replays showed that although he was late with his tackle, he didn’t really make any contact with Swerts, and his opponent's reaction to the challenge might have played a big part in the referee sending him off.
The previous record for the fastest red card in the Eredivisie was held by Ivorian Bonaventure Kalou, who was sent off after 61 seconds in 2001 in a match between Feyenoord and Heerenveen.
The sending off didn’t really have much impact on the outcome of the game though, as PSV went on to record a comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to goals from talisman Memphis Depay and captain Georginio Wijnaldum.
Watch the whole incident here:
Here’s the video from another angle (the tackle can be seen in close-up here):Published 04 Feb 2015, 11:52 IST