Three players sent off after Wycombe's clash with Sunderland descends into mass brawl

Three players were shown red cards as players and coaches from both sides scuffled by the touchline.

The flashpoint blew up moments after Sunderland sub Duncan Watmore’s goal had levelled out Alex Samuel’s first half opener.

The fuse that lit it came when Wycombe assistant boss Richard Dobson kicked the ball as it flew off the pitch.

Players and staff jumped up from both dugouts and it looked like punches were thrown as dozens squared up to each other.

Substituted players – Sunderland captain George Honeyman and Wycombe striker Nathan Tyson – were shown red cards after both benches clashed in an angry touchline confrontation.


When play got underway after that mega bust-up, Wycombe midfielder Marcus Bean picked up a second yellow for bringing down Watmore.

Sunderland boss Jack Ross believed referee Lee Swabey’s handling of the game may have contributed to the high-octane ending.

He said: “I don’t think there was a huge amount of control over the whole game.

“I think that was a factor but we and Wycombe have to take responsibility for our behaviour.

“You cannot apportion blame to the official for that. But the whole game had a lack of control.

“What happened at the end wasn’t good. My players and staff have to look after each other but it always has to be within reason.

“We will get footage of it and look at it again. I will look to see if it was justified.

“We weren’t good in the first half but to dig something out of the match was testament to the players’ strength of character not to be beaten.”

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth said of the touchline bust-up: “The ball has come into our technical area and Dobbo has gone to volley it back into play.

“The ball then went missing and both benches erupted. I was doing my best to stop my players getting involved because I don’t need red cards at the moment.

“I could not have been prouder of my players’ performance today.

“I’m just gutted that we could not hang on for that victory.”

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