Having picked up a yellow card inside the opening half hour of this evening's World Cup qualifier between England and Slovakia, Martin Skrtel was walking a tightrope as he looked to stay on the pitch until full time.
And, after escaping from several incidents that could have produced a second yellow card, the former Liverpool defender was duly given his marching orders in the 56th minute after a truly horrible stamp on Harry Kane.
The nasty incident was worthy of a straight red card, but, considering the referee only brandished a yellow after Skrtel's clash with Kane, it is possible the official didn't see the most violent part of their coming together.
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The referee had actually already whistled for a free kick when Skrtel - never known as someone to back out of a physical confrontation - saw red.
It certainly looks like the Slovakian defender intentionally made contact with Kane's ankle and, if that is the case, it was a truly vile rush of blood to the head.
As you might expect, his actions did not sit well with a lot of people reacting to his red card on Twitter...
During his time with Liverpool, Skrtel developed a reputation as a player always on the edge with his physical style of play.
Now having left English football, that aspect of his game clearly hasn't changed much.