Sports: Armenia defender completely loses his head with two bookings in five seconds vs Scotland

June 15 2022

Armenia defender Arman Hovhannisyan committed two bookable offences within the space of just five seconds in their Nations League clash with Scotland which earned him an early bath


Dan Burnham
  • 08:58, 15 JUN 2022

Armenia defender Arman Hovhannisyan was given his marching orders against Scotland after picking up two bookings in the space of just five seconds.

Defender Hovhannisyan completely lost his head as he first chopped down Nathan Patterson with a reckless and late tackle which had referee Nikola Dabanovic reaching for his yellow card. But before the Montenegrin official could even brandish it, the 28-year-old committed a second bookable offence.

He squared up to a disgruntled John McGinn, who he then proceeded to headbutt to seal his fate. Dabanovic showed him the pair of yellows and then the red card in quick succession.

Commentator Ally McCoist afforded Hovhannisyan no sympathy. He said: "The tackle is a howler, the tackle is a yellow card. Let's get that straight away." After then seeing the headbutt, he added: "It's ridiculous, he's off. It's stupidity."

The score had been level before the sending off which came shortly before the break, but Stuart Armstrong netted his and Scotland's second of the night in added time to further Armenia's woes.

McGinn and Che Adams doubled the tally in the second half, before Arman's team-mate and namesake Kamo Hovhannisyan received a straight red for a tackle on Scott McTominay in the dying embers of the game to reduce the hosts to nine men.

The 4-1 win put Scotland up to second in their Nations League group. They lost to Ireland at the weekend but also beat Armenia 2-0 on home turf earlier in the international break.

Arman Hovhannisyan was also involved in a heated moment during that match for which he was lucky not to be sent off for. As he and his team-mates protested a goal which was later ruled out by VAR for offside, he picked up a water bottle and appeared to throw it in the direction of the linesman.

Miraculously, he wasn't even booked for the incident. But he wasn't afford the same leniency on Tuesday (June 14) night.


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