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WATCH: Podolski sent off in his own charity tournament as ex-Arsenal & Bayern Munich star sees red

7:28 PM SGT 9/1/23
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Former Arsenal and Bayern Munich star Lukas Podolski was sent off in his own charity football tournament for angrily confronting a referee.
  • Forward involved in indoor competition
  • World Cup winner dismissed in semi-final
  • His team failed to make in into the final

WHAT HAPPENED? The ex-Germany international, who became a World Cup winner in 2014, is currently on the books of Polish outfit Gornik Zabrze. They were involved in the Schauinsland Reisen Cup competition – which is an initiative that Podolski has been involved with for many years – but the indoor event saw the 37-year-old forward lose his cool during a semi-final encounter with Rot-Weiss Essen as one of three penalties in that contest was awarded against him.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: After angrily confronting the match officials, resulting in him being dismissed, Podolski continued to cause a commotion as he threw water onto the pitch and in the direction of the referee.

WHAT NEXT? Gornik Zabrze suffered a semi-final defeat after seeing Podolski – who won the FA Cup during his time at Arsenal and a Bundesliga title with Bayern - sent off, with Rot-Weiss Essen going on to beat Blau-Weiss Lohne 8-3 in the final.