A goalkeeper for Salford City F.C. was sent off for the most bizarre reason ever. City’s Max Crocombe, 24, was sent off with three minutes remaining in his team’s game with Bradford Park Avenue on October 28 for urinating on the field. At the time his team were winning 2-1 in the National League North and had used all three of their substitutes. When Crocombe was sent off, a midfielder, Richie Allen, went in goals. City managed to hang on for the win. During the game, City tweeted, “Crocombe sees red for something off the ball. No one has a clue what has happened.” While Bradford Park Avenue’s Twitter person was more on the ball tweeting, “We can confirm that Crocombe has been sent off for urinating during the game. We are not joking.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Crocombe Said in a Statement, ‘My Intention Was Never to Offend Anyone’
In a statement released on Twitter, Crocombe said:
I’d like to sincerely apologize for the incident today. I was in a very uncomfortable position and made an error in judgement which spoiled a great win.
My intention was never to offend anyone and I’d like to apologize to both clubs and both sets of supporters and it won’t happen again.
Seeing as it was a straight red card, Crocombe could be suspended for three days. The incident could be further investigated by the Football Association.
2. Crocombe Has Been Called Into New Zealand’s Senior Team
Crocombe was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but grew up in Milton Keynes. He attended the Oakgrove School where one of his classmates was Crystal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp. In January 2013, Crocombe was called up by the New Zealand Under-20s for the Oceania Under-20 Championship. Crocombe went on to play for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup for his homeland.
In July 2015, Crocombe was named in the Under-23 team to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Despite not letting in a goal during qualifying, New Zealand were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. Crocombe was first called into the New Zealand senior team for a friendly against South Korea and for the Oceania Nations Cup in 2016. He has yet to play for the senior team. Crocombe told the Carlisle News & Star that during the games, “I can’t even turn it on the TV, to be honest… Honestly I’ve never felt so low. You like to think you’re mentally strong. But nothing prepares you for that.”Max
3. Crocombe Left Oxford United on the Same Day as Sam Slocombe
Crocombe joined Salford City during the summer of 2017. His career began with Buckingham Town in 2009 at 16, after 33 appearances, Crocombe was signed up by Oxford United in 2010. Despite six years with the team, Crocombe only played four games. During his time with the U’s, Crocombe had loan spells with Banbury United, Nuneaton Town, Barnet and Southport. Brilliantly, Crocombe was released from the club on the same day as the similarly named Sam Slocombe.
Crocombe went from there to Carlisle in 2016 where he failed to play a game. In the summer of 2017, Crocombe joined Salford City.
4. French Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez Was Once Sent Off While Playing for Marseille
Crocombe joins goalkeeper luminaries such as Fabien Barthez and Germany’s Jens Lehmann as players who have urinated during a game. Outside of goalkeeping, Germany’s World Cup goalscoring hero Mario Gotze famously relieved himself behind an advertising hoarding. Let’s also never forget England legend Gary Lineker defecating on the pitch during a World Cup match with the Republic of Ireland.
5. Salford City Are Owned by Manchester United’s Class of ’92
Salford City have been most Manchester United fan’s other teams since the Class of ’92, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville bought a stake the in the club. The other major stakeholder is Singaporean billionaire, Peter Lim. Since the takeover, City has been promoted from the Premier League Division North to the National League North.
In April 2017, the club announced that the players with the team would become professional.