The football rulebook is much more stringent nowadays, but it is rare that you see a player being sent off for pulling an opponent’s shorts down.
Yes, Edin Dzeko was the man guilty of doing just that when he represented Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier against Greece on Sunday night.
The former Manchester City forward, who now plays for Roma, was given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card for yanking down Kyriakos Papadopoulos’s shorts during a tussle for the ball.
The incident occurred in the final 10 minutes of the match, with Bosnia leading 1-0, as Dzeko hit the floor just outside of the penalty area under Papadopoulos’s challenge.
While the Greek player tried to get the ball away, Dzeko pulled down his shorts, which led to a sending-off and both teams’ dugouts getting involved.
Dzeko was not the only man punished, though, as his Greek counterpart was handed a straight red card by referee by Jonas Eriksson for his part in the altercation.
Twitter managed to see the funny side, though…
Dzeko has no chill.. ???? pic.twitter.com/8XWMSvG7CS
— Funny Football (@Funny_Futball) November 14, 2016
DZEKO WHAT ARE YOU DOING ???????? pic.twitter.com/ozExgnVlaq
— Eliot (@CrossLikeKevin) November 13, 2016
— Zand!le Dubazana (@DubazanaZandile) November 14, 2016
#Russia2018 One of the more blatant ways in getting sent off. Dzeko of Bosnia demonstrated it this weekend
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) November 14, 2016
Dzeko pulling that guys pants down ????
— Notorious CMG (@theconstermcfc) November 14, 2016