Curious scene in France: Jean-Clair Todibo saw the red card in the first minute of the game between OGC Nice and SCO Angers.
Immediately after the kick-off, Angers combined in the direction of the Nice goal before Todibo separated his opponent from the ball with a tackle.
Otherwise, the attacker of the guests would have been through alone, which is why the referee decided on the emergency brake and consequently showed the central defender the red card. At that point there were just nine seconds on the clock.
Todibo walked off the field shaking his head. For the former player from Benfica Lisbon, Schalke 04 and FC Barcelona it was the second dismissal this season.
After all, he entered the history books: It was the fastest red card in Ligue 1 history.
The 22-year-old is one of the regular players of Nice coach Lucien Favre. “I don’t think it was a red card,” he said, adding that other OGC players could have intervened. “It wasn’t a scoring chance. We would have won the game if we had played with 11 players.”
Todibo criticized the referee and the French league LFP on social media. “An arbitrary decision that shocks me and condemns my team to start the game with a big disadvantage. The referees’ decisions at the beginning of this season are very questionable, even scandalous, and I hope that the LFP will do something about it.”
Todibo came to the Côte d’Azur from Barcelona in 2021 for 8.5 million euros.