In what has to be a first in all of professional sports, CD Marathon goalkeeper Junior Morales was sent off in a recent Honduran top flight match for patting an opponent on the butt.
Real Sociedad striker Eris Hernandez received a couple love taps from Morales after the latter scooped up a harmless ball in the area and got ready to punt the ball up-field. Basically, it’s something you’ve probably seen thousands of times before and will see thousands of times more.
"Butt" to the surprise of everyone, the referee called play back, and after a brief discussion with his assistant - who seemed to had made the call - showed Morales the red card.
Was this the linesman’s first night on the job and he didn’t know this is a thing? Is he just an extreme homophobe? Did Hernandez have a restraining order against Morales or something? We’ll probably never know what was “behind” this puzzling ejection.