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Shambolic Angels give match away against Europa

Shambolic Angels give match away against Europa

The Gibraltar First Division was brought to ridicule when relegation bound Angels FC turned up onto the field with just seven players against second placed Europa FC.
With seven players the match could stil lbe played, although with the rules stating that the match would have to be abandoned if a team had less than seven players observers soon pointed out that it would not take long for the match to be abandoned.
Europa, fielding a team which already had many of its first team players in the stands or bench had already come prepared to test out some of their less regular players. They were however, not to have much chance of doing so.
Angels were fielding their President Hoskens as a defender, even though his introduction into last weeks match against Britannia had seen them go from 3-0 up to losing 4-3 as from the moment he walked onto the field.
Europa went 1-0 ahead very early in the match. By the 13th Minute they were 3-0 up and it was a matter of time before predictions would materialise. At least two Angels players rubbed their knees following the third goal. Just second after restarting an Angels player dropped massaging his leg. A quick consultation between the official and the player and it was determined that he was not going to continue play.
The 8th man, who had appeared late at the stadium, did not have any time to finish talking by the bench and head to the changing room. As he spoke to those at the bench the official blew for the end of the match, abandoning the match and leaving Europa with only a 3-0 scoreline to show for their appearance.
Many obervers, even a first division coach who had turned up to watch the match sighed at the outcome of the match suggesting that this would only bring Gibraltar football into disrepute if a first division side in UEFA was allowed to not even field a full team in a crucial first division match without further sanctions. His comments were echoed by other representatives of various first division clubs who had been watching.
The result leaves Europa still 8 point behind Lincoln but now provides further security for those fighting at the foot of the table as Angels revival seems to have been exhausted.