WATCH: Ref allows the player he’s sent off to be subbed!

WATCH: Ref allows the player he’s sent off to be subbed!

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Wrexham player subbed by manager after receiving his second booking

Football’s a funny old game, each and every week there are plenty of talking points to be discussed by fans of the game all over the country, and this week is no different. If you’re lucky enough to support a team playing in the Premier League, Championship or Football League, you probably won’t know a great deal about the National Premier League (formerly known as The Football Conference). Step five of the English football league system provides fans of the lower league with some great entertainment. With the likes of Leyton Orient, Hartlepool and Tranmere all competing in the fifth tier at the minute, the standard of football has increased 10-fold in the past ten years (although some of the bigger sides are currently failing to live up to their expectations).

Former Football League mainstays Wrexham are another sleeping giant currently plying their trade in the National League. Now in their ninth consecutive season in the top flight of non-league football, the Dragons look firm candidates for promotion back into League Two come the end of the campaign this May. Dean Keates’ men are currently just three points off league leaders Macclesfield in third and are unbeaten in their last nine games in the league at this stage of the season. On Saturday, the Welshmen drew 1-1 with 18th place Halifax Town. Nothing to write home about on the face of it, right? But there was one incident that stood out. Just like former Premier League referee Graham Poll’s three yellow cards in the 2006 World Cup, this weekend’s man in the middle – Daniel Middleton had what can only be described as a complete stinker.

Middleton issued Wrexham midfielder Paul Rutherford with a booking on the stroke of half-time following a rash challenge. Rutherford was then showed a second yellow 10 minutes from time after he chucked the ball away in frustration following Middleton’s decision to award Halifax a free-kick. Instead of being instantly dismissed however, as the rule book states, Rutherford was allowed to be substituted for Jack Mackreth in a double substitution which also saw Jonathan Franks come on to replace goalscorer Scott Boden. Play was then resumed until referee Middleton realised his mistake. He then stopped play once more, but instead of making Mackreth leave the pitch (Rutherford’s replacement), he initially made Jonathan Franks exit the field! Further realising his second mistake of the afternoon, Middleton then rectified his error by making Mackreth leave the pitch before resuming play…

Credit (@Wrexham_AFC)

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