Ligue 1 defender Jean-Clair Todibo sent off after just nine seconds

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Former Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off just nine seconds into Nice’s Ligue 1 clash with Angers. The centre-back obliterated the record for the fastest red card in the French top-flight after denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Todibo was shown a red card within nine seconds of the fixture. Angers attacker Abdallah Sima beat the 22-year-old to the ball, but was brought down as he bore down on goal. 

Referee Bastien Dechepy awarded a free-kick and immediately produced a red card for the Frenchman. It is by far the fastest sending-off in Ligue 1. 

It seemed a slightly harsh decision, though, given that Todibo’s centre-back partner Dante appeared to be capable of getting across to tackle Sima. Referees should only send off a player in that scenario if they have deem them to have denied an obvious goalscoring chance. 

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