Lorik Cana became the first player to be sent off at Euro 2016 after committing a blatant handball 10 minutes before half-time in Albania’s opening match against Switzerland.
The 32-year-old, who currently plies his trade for Nantes, received a second booking following his inexplicable decision in the 37th minute.
Cana, who picked up his first booking midway through the first half, lost his footing after the ball was played towards Haris Seferovic and, in a moment of madness, prevented the ball from going through to the Swiss forward by performing an acrobatic handball. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Cana pleaded his innocence but referee Carlos Velasco was having none of it. Out came the yellow card and the former Sunderland player trudged off the Stade Bollaert-Delelis pitch for an early bath.
It was the worst possible start to the tournament for Albania, who came into Euro 2016 as the 500/1 outsiders.
Video: Lorik Cana's handball
Albania left with mountain to climb
Some had tipped Gianni De Biasi’s side to spring a few surprises this summer but they conceded with just five minutes on the clock when Fabian Schar headed home Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner.
Cana’s red card then left the Albanians with a mountain to climb in the second half.
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