Grimsby forward Stefan Payne is ejected for headbutting his OWN teammate Filipe Morais against Bradford at the end of the first half … with the League Two side calling the incident ‘UNCOMPARABLE’
- Grimsby striker Stefan Payne was sent off for headbutting his own teammate
- Payne collided with midfielder Filipe Morais as they left at half time
- Referee James Bell had to follow Payne through the tunnel to show the red card
Grimsby forward Stefan Payne made national headlines on Saturday after being sent off for headbutting his own teammate in a League Two match in Bradford, with the club’s own Twitter account calling the act ‘unforgivable’.
Payne argued with veteran midfielder Filipe Morais when the players drove towards the tunnel at the end of the first half. Grimbsy lost the match 1-0. He is now facing a spell from his own team.
Morais was apparently infuriated by Payne’s lack of effort not to chase a ball down the wing, and let the attacker know what his feelings were.
Grimsby striker Stefan Payne was sent off for headbutting his own teammate Filipe Morais
Referee James Bell (right) showed Stefan Payne a red card for the incident against Bradford
But in a shocking response, Payne leaned forward and aimed a headbutt at Morais.
Grimbsy manager Paul Hurst told the club website that he felt abandoned by both players involved.
“I’m angry,” said Hurst. Stef may be the one who did it, but they left the club and everyone connected with us.
They made the task more difficult than it needed to be.
‘I turned around, I saw they had a little disagreement, which is normal, but it clearly went way beyond that.
Grimbsy Town manager Paul Hurst said both Payne and Morais had left the club
Your mind then tries – very quickly – to think about what you’re going to do next in terms of the form, the team and how we’re trying to get back into the game.
“They’ve actually let everyone down, and frankly it’s embarrassing.”
Asked if Payne would play for the club again, Hurst replied: ‘We will take action. It will remain private, but it will not be swept under the rug.
‘(Payne) has a three-game suspension, but I have to think about whether he will appear for us again this season.’
Grimsby is the bottom of the Football League, trailing 1-0 at the time of the incident after Anthony O’Connor struck in front of the hosts three minutes before halftime.
Grimsby players tried their best to protect Payne from any penalty, but referee James Bell saw the collision and quickly picked up the red card, although he had to follow Payne into the tunnel to show him.
Grimsby’s official Twitter account posted the halftime score and noted Payne’s actions, calling them “ inexcusable. ”
Despite being the attacked player, Morais was subsequently substituted in one of three Mariners substitutions during the intermission.
Payne has had before because he was in a bad mood. At his previous club Bristol Rovers, he was fined for swearing and obscene gestures towards the club’s fans.
Bradford co-manager Mark Trueman added: ‘I heard the two players moan a little as soon as the whistle blew. I was told about the headbutt by our players.
Grimsby is fighting for their lives and emotions run high. Unfortunately, he has not kept his emotions under control. ‘