Wolves’ pre-season ‘friendly’ with Levante descends into CHAOS in Alicante, with FOUR players sent off in the first half and stoppages for brutal tackles and brawls – before both teams start the second half with 11 players!
Wolves saw their behind-closed-doors friendly with Spanish side Levante descend into farce when four players were sent off in the first half… only for both sides to play with 11-a-side in the second.
It was an early 10am start for both sides at their pre-season camp in Benidorm but nobody was easing into this one with wild challenges flying in.
The tone was set by the referee when Wolves got an early indirect free-kick on the goal-line after Levante were penalised for a deliberate pass back to the goalkeeper.
Things took a chaotic and drastic turn just after the half-hour mark, though, when a wild challenge wide on the right led to a furious 22-man melee, with some coaches even running onto the pitch to calm players down.
Roger Martí Salvador had given Levante the lead with a controlled finish but the first half would go on to be defined by the melee that followed a rash challenge.
Levante’s players were immediately incensed and began pushing and shoving Wolves’ Yerson Mosquera.
Team-mates tried to pull Mosquera away as Levante players rallied together to get back to him, furious at some sort of infraction that was unclear via Wolves’ live stream of the match.
The referee remained patient, standing on the outskirts of the melee with a red card in his hand, before he sent Mosquera for Wolves and Enis Bardhi for Levante off.
But the drama was not to end there in this most chaotic of encounters.
Next up, moments before the half-time break Wolves’ Daniel Podence took issue with a nearby defender and another shoving match followed.
Players from both sides quickly sprinted towards the latest bust-up in a bid to diffuse and prevent the ‘friendly’ game from being abandoned.
The referee was quick to show a further two red cards, one to either side, leaving the match as nine vs nine just before the interval.
Threats of abandonment were brushed off but both teams were told in no uncertain terms that any further bust-ups and the match would be off.
In a curious move, the two teams were restored to their full complement for the second half, both shuffling their sides for 11 v 11 once more.
Levante managed to be the side taking the game to Wolves and they were rewarded with a second goal when Giorgi Kochorashvili finished into the bottom corner.
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