Ben Shephard sent off during Soccer Aid game

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TV presenter Ben Shephard became the first ever player to be sent off in a Soccer Aid fixture on Sunday night. 

Shephard, 41, was dismissed from the field of play following two poorly timed tackles on Edgar Davids and Dimitar Berbatov in the charity game. 

As you can see below, he was initially shown a yellow card for a rash tackle on former Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids. 


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In truth, he could have been shown a straight red card for the reckless tackle but was let off the hook. 

Ultimately, though, the Good Morning Britain presenter was later dismissed for a last-man challenge on ex-Manchester United striker Berbatov. 

Shephard off 

Thankfully for Shephard, though, the England XI team secured a 3-2 victory over Claudio Ranieri's Rest of the World side at Old Trafford.

Berbatov struck twice for the Rest of the World, but a brace from Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe and a thumping free-kick from Mark Wright helped Sam Allardyce's side to the trophy. 

But Shephard's red card most definitely proved a controversial moment during the contest and ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel hit out at the presenter, claiming that he was 'out of order'.

“This is out of order,” Schmeichel told ITV, as per

“These guys like Edgar Davids and Ronaldinho they come here, travel a long way and play for nothing.

“That’s not the way you treat anyone and it’s a bad, bad tackle. It’s not the first time Ben Shepherd has done this. He did it against Maradona 10 years ago three times.”

In the aftermath of the charity clash, Shephard sent a humorous tweet on social media. 

See it here: 

Did Shephard deserve his red card? Have your say below! 

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