Soccer players don’t always have the best reputations in the world when it comes to faking injuries, flopping, or generally trying to avoid accountability. Doncaster Rovers midfielder Lee Tomlin tried to do just about all of that and more on Saturday and paid for it with two yellow cards in the span of 17 seconds, leading to his ejection from the match.

The 33-year-old, who was making his Doncaster debut after signing a one-year deal with the club this week, certainly made his mark against Bradford City on Saturday afternoon in a League Two showdown.

With the score knotted at 0-0 during injury time at the end of the first half, Tomlin interfered with Bradford City’s attempt to take a free kick by leaning down to touch the ball and getting in the face of opponents. That led to a yellow card from the referee. Tomlin refused to back down and then hit the ground in apparent pain despite barely being touched. Given the obvious attempt to stop play, the ref hit him with a second yellow card 17 seconds later, which meant his day was over.

Tomlin pointed at himself after being ejected from the game, as if to say “who, me?” might be the best part.

Even the Bradford City Twitter account couldn’t help but call it as they saw it.

The whole silly situation garnered a lot of fun reactions from around the soccer world.

The match ended 0-0 so you could make the case that his prevention of Bradford City’s goal attempts paid off…

[Give Me Sport]

About Sean Keeley

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