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Ex-Arsenal star Lukas Podolski gets sent off during a match at his own charity tournament

Ex-Arsenal star Lukas Podolski gets sent off during a match at HIS OWN charity tournament after confronting a referee… before former German forward throws water towards match officials

  • Lukas Podolski was sent off during his own charity indoor football tournament
  • The ex-Arsenal forward was competing in the schauinsland Reisen Cup 
  • After a decision went against him, the German confronted the match official
  • He was quickly given a red card and left the field before reacting again later
  • The former Germany international threw water towards match officials after 

Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski was recently sent off during his own charity football tournament after angrily confronting a referee.

The ex-Germany international was competing in the Schauinsland Reisen Cup with his current side Górnik Zabrze, as they faced off with five other European outfits on an indoor pitch.

Podolski has been involved in the initiative for many years however, in their semi-final clash with Rot-Weiss Essen, things took a turn for the worse for the former Gunner.

Lukas Podolski was sent off after confronting a referee during his own charity tournament

The ex-Arsenal star was giving his marching orders and climbed over the advertising boards

The ex-Arsenal star was giving his marching orders and climbed over the advertising boards

The intense clash was full of fouls and eventually saw three penalties get awarded – which some players felt was unjust, Podolski included. 

In the latter moments of the game, the German brought down one of his opponents inside his own box and was sent to the bench by the match official. 

However, incensed by the decision, Podoloski refuted the referee’s call and instead marched over and began angrily disputing. 

In reaction, the referee brandished a red card to the former Arsenal star – who complied and made his way off the pitch and over the barrier. 

However, his displays didn’t stop there, as the ex-Germany star continued to show his displeasure by throwing water over the pitch and in the direction of officials.

Podolski was incensed by the decision as he stood on the sidelines with his team-mates

Podolski was incensed by the decision as he stood on the sidelines with his team-mates

The forward threw water over the pitch and in the direction of match officials on the side-line

The forward threw water over the pitch and in the direction of match officials on the side-line

Podolski’s side, Górnik Zabrze, played the rest of the match with one player less than their opponents and it proved costly as Rot-Weiss Essen scored moment’s later. 

Gornik went on to play 1. FC Kaan Marienborn in the third place play-off – which they won – whilst Essen defeated Blau-Weiss Lohne 8-3 in the final.

Podolski has spent the last two seasons playing for the Polish side following stints at Antalyaspor, Vissel Kobe and Galatasaray.

The 37-year-old spent three years in north London with Arsenal and scored 31 goals in 82 games in all competitions. He also won an FA Cup with the Gunners.

Podolski spent three years with Arsenal, scoring 31 goals across 82 games in all competitions

Podolski spent three years with Arsenal, scoring 31 goals across 82 games in all competitions

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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