An English soccer encounter descended into a wrestling match on Saturday, after a Worcester City player body-slammed his opponent who’d moments earlier hacked him down.
Shab Khan was the man who decided to seek retribution in such a brutal fashion. You can check out a vine of the bizarre incident below.
Stockport’s Charlie Russell originally sparked the melee with his ferocious tackle on Shab Khan. However I don’t think anyone expected Khan to react in such a furious manner.
Rather than just taking the tackle and calmly remonstrating to the referee, he took matters into his own hands and man-handled Russell. In fact his body-slam on Russell was something straight out of a WWE match. The Big Bossman or The Undertaker would have been proud of his maneuver.
Russell’s tackle immediately saw him dismissed, however Khan was then also sent off for his response too. And there is a very good chance that he could get an even further ban because of his actions.
This was actually an important contest for the two clubs involved. The match was a Conference fixture, which is the fifth highest league in England, and Worcester City’s victory means that they moved up to 10th place, while Stockport remain in 8th.
It wasn’t the only controversial moment in English soccer over the weekend though. During Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, their integral holding midfielder, Nemanja Matic, was red carded after he reacted to Ashley Barnes.
In the 69th minute, Barnes made a bad challenge on Matic, who then responded by pushing the Burnley striker. This left referee, Martin Atkinson, with no alternative but to send Matic off.
Meanwhile QPR midfielder, Joey Barton, was also dismissed for the ninth time in his career after he hit Tom Huddlestone in the groin during Hull’s 2-1 victory over the Hoops.
It’s safe to say that Khan won the best sending off of the day award though. However, I’m guessing that his Worcester City manager won’t believe that’s quite a big a victory as the rest of us.
This isn’t even the first time that the worlds of WWE and soccer have overlapped this week. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and WWE’s Wade Barrett exchanged several tweets after Rooney’s alleged dive against Preston North End on Monday resulted in the Red Devils beating their League One opposition in the FA Cup.
Barrett and Rooney even organized a WrestleMania bout, that would see Barrett partner with PNE forward Kevin Davies, while Rooney would fight alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin. It’s yet to be confirmed by Vince McMahon though.