Uzbekistan U17s’ Manager Sent Off in Unusual Rule Break, Sparks Brawl in England U17s Defeat
Uzbekistan scored first with a header by Amirbek Saidov in just four minutes. England’s Joel Ndala later scored for Manchester City, making it 1-1 after 36 minutes. Then, Lazizbeck Mirzeav scored an amazing free-kick, putting Uzbekistan ahead 2-1 in the 67th minute.
As the game was about to end, the Uzbekistan manager, Jamoliddin Rahmatullayev, caused trouble. He kicked the ball away to delay England’s throw-in. This made both teams angry, and players started arguing. The referee then gave Rahmatullayev a red card for not playing fair.
Even with their coach sent off, Uzbekistan held on to win during 13 minutes of extra time.
The rules say it was right to send Rahmatullayev off. It’s against the rules for team officials to delay the game, like kicking the ball away.
England’s coach, Ryan Garry, felt his team didn’t play their best. He said they had chances but didn’t take them. He was disappointed with how they conceded the first goal.
Garry also talked about learning from this experience. He said his goal is to prepare the players for the senior team and other higher-level matches. He believes there are lessons to learn from this game and their earlier matches too.