Grimsby striker Stefan Payne was sent off at the end of the first half against Bradford for a headbutt against his own team-mate Filipe Morais.
- Grimsby striker Stefan Payne was sent off for a headbutt against his own team-mate
- Payne faced midfielder Filipe Morais at halftime
- Referee James Bell had to follow Payne down the tunnel to show the red card
Grimsby striker Stefan Payne made national headlines on Saturday after being sent off for headbutted his own team-mate in a second division game in Bradford. The association’s Twitter account described the act as “unforgivable”.
Payne was spotted arguing with veteran midfielder Filipe Morais as the players headed for the tunnel at the end of the first half. Grimbsy lost the game 1-0. He is now facing a ban by his own team.
Morais was apparently angry at Payne’s inability to chase a ball down the wing and let the striker know his feelings.
Grimsby striker Stefan Payne was sent off for a headbutt against his own team-mate Filipe Morais
Referee James Bell (right) showed Stefan Payne a red card for the Bradford incident
But in a shocking reaction, Payne leaned over and aimed a head-butt at Morais.
Grim manager Paul Hurst said on the club’s website that he feels disappointed with both players involved.
“I’m angry,” said Hurst. “Stef may be the one who made it, but the two of them abandoned the club and everyone joined us.
“You made the task harder than it had to be.
I turned away and saw that they had a little disagreement, which is normal, but it obviously went much further.
Grimbsy Town manager Paul Hurst said both Payne and Morais have abandoned the club
“Your mind then tries – very quickly – to think about what’s next in terms of form, team, and how we’re trying to get back into the game.
“They basically let everyone down, and frankly it’s embarrassing.”
When asked if Payne would play for the club again, Hurst replied: “We will take action. It remains private, but is not swept under the carpet.
“(Payne) has a three-game ban but I have to think about seeing him come back for us this season.”
Grimsby is the low point of the Football League, trailing 1-0 at the time of the incident after Anthony O’Connor scored for the hosts three minutes before break.
Grimsby players did their best to protect Payne from any punishment, but referee James Bell saw the clash and quickly pulled out the red card, despite having to follow Payne down the tunnel to show it.
Grimsby’s official Twitter account published the mid-term balance sheet and noted Payne’s actions, which he described as “unforgivable”.
Although Morais was the attacked player, he was replaced in one of three Mariners changes during the break.
Payne was previously in a bad mood. At his previous club, Bristol Rovers, he was punished for swearing and making obscene gestures to the club’s fans.
Bradford co-manager Mark Trueman added, “I heard the two players moan a bit as soon as the whistle sounded. Our players told me about the headbutt.
‘Grimsby are fighting for their lives and emotions are high. Unfortunately, he hasn’t kept his emotions in check. ‘