It's one thing to get sent off for a poor challenge on the opposing team - but Glentoran keeper Aaron McCarey took things to a bizarre new level on Saturday night, when he was sent off for attacking his own team mate in a 2-2 draw with Coleraine.
McCarey lashed out at his team mate Bobby Burns after Cathair Friel scored to tie up the game in the final 10 minutes.
Glentoran keeper aims punch at teammate
Glentoran and Coleraine are closely matched in the Irish Premiership table, with just two points separating the sides ahead of Saturday night's game.
It was a game that ebbed and flowed, with Coleraine opening the scoring in the 15th minute before falling behind to a Jay Donnelly double for Glentoran.
It was with ten minutes to go, however, that the game descended into farce.
Coleraine equalised after a terrific solo run from Lyndon Kane set up Cathair Friel to slot home past the Glentoran keeper Aaron McCarey. While the Coleraine players celebrated, however, McCarey made a beeline for teammate Bobby Burns, who had given the ball away to Kane on the half-way line.
BIG TALKING POINT 😲@Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron McCarey sees red for lashing out at team-mate Bobby Burns during their side's 2-2 draw with Coleraine at the Oval.
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It was a moment of madness from McCarey, who launched himself at Burns and appeared to punch him in the face, before dragging him up from the ground while Burns clutched his face in pain.
The pair had to be separated by their teammates, with one of them throwing a football at McCarey.
Needless to say that the Glentoran keeper saw red for the incident, and the home fans were disgusted with his conduct towards his own teammate.
The incident evoked memories of Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer both being sent off for Newcastle for an on-field scrap during a 2005 match with Aston Villa.
Glentoran now sit sixth in the table, just two points behind Coleraine, but they will have to contend with McCarey's absence for the coming games - that is, if he is still welcome among the squad after he went at one of his teammates on Saturday night.