No sooner had Steven Gerrard completed his warm-up and run on the pitch for his last game against Manchester United, he was back in the dressing room taking an early shower. Fortunately for him, he's not the only player to be dismissed so quickly. Here’s a quick look at six of the fastest ever red cards...
1. Jose Batista, Uruguay vs Scotland (55 seconds)
Luis Suarez is not the only bonkers Uruguayan to be sent off at a World Cup. Jose Batista was sent off 55 seconds into his country’s game against Scotland in 1986, which is still the fastest ever red card in a World Cup.
2. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool vs Manchester United (38 seconds)
A new entry at number 2! Approaching the end of his illustrious Liverpool career, Gerrard is going out with a bang. Gerrard came on wanting to prove a point. Sadly for him and his team, his impact was not the type he’d planned.
3. Ruben Zadkovich (Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix, 17 seconds)
The Perth Glory midfielder was only on the pitch for 17 seconds before he was sent back off the field for an exuberant, let’s say, challenge that was high and rather naughty.
4. Kevin Pressman (Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolves, 13 seconds)
Kevin Pressman shouldn’t really be on this list. But we’re going to put him on here anyway. Pressman was dismissed for handling to ball outside of his area, but replays showed the ball struck him on the chest. And you weren’t even allowed to appeal in those days. How sad.
5. Preston Edwards (Ebbsfleet United vs Farnborough, 9 seconds)
Goalkeepers don’t come out well on this list. Racing out of his goal to cover his defenders terrible play, poor old Preston Edwards was shown a straight red. And then let out a comical yelp as he stomped off (0:23)
6. David Pratt (Chippenham Town vs Bashley 3 seconds)
Three seconds? Yes, we’re serious. The aptly named David Pratt threw himself into a two-footed lunge straight after kick-off, earning him the fastest red card on this list – and probably ever!