Robins skipper hangs his head in shame after seeing red at Colston Avenue
Carshalton Athletic skipper Adriano Moraes was fighting back the tears on Tuesday night after his sending off triggered a 2-1 Ryman Premier defeat at home to Harrow Borough.
The Robins were cruising to a second consecutive home win after Steve Butterworth’s first half strike.
However, Moraes’ red card for an apparent headbutt in the visitor’s dug-out – which also saw the Harrow assistant manager Darron Wilkinson dismissed – changed the game.
Moraes faces a ban of at least six games after picking up a red card in the FA Cup defeat at Leatherhead less than two weeks before.
He said: “I have let down my team-mates, Tommy [Williams] and everyone at the club.
“We were on top of Harrow, we’d had a good first half and I was sent off after about four or five minutes of the second half and I let them down.
“There are a lot of people who look up to me – it was unacceptable.”
The game-changing moment came when Moraes tried to retrieve the ball from the Harrow dugout leading to a scuffle between the players and staff.
Referee Paul Yates issued the two red cards after a long discussion with both his assistants.
Moraes said: “I went to get the ball in the dugout and there were a lot of people.
“I tried to get away and the referee said I went in to head-butt someone.
“I told him that was unfair as there were a lot of players around me and people pulling at me, and I was just trying to get away. It happens.”
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