Gaz Metan's friendly against Charlton was abandoned after 49 minutes
(Image: Twitter/Charlton FC)

VIDEO: Romanian side Gaz Metan withdraw from friendly with Charlton after 49 minutes

Referee reportedly "manhandled".


Gaz Metan Mediaș pulled out of a pre-season friendly with Charlton after the referee sent two of their players off shortly after half-time.

The Romanian side, based in Mediaș, Sibiu County, were said to have “manhandled” the ref after a penalty was awarded against them.

45’ Penalty Charlton!

Taylor is bundled over im the box and there are disgraceful scenes from the Metias players who man-handle the referee and two reds are shown. #cafc 1 #gmm 0

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) July 4, 2019

46’ It looks like the ref wants to abandon the game here after that. He’s not happy with the Romanian reaction. #cafc 1 #gmm 0

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) July 4, 2019

Match abandoned!

Wow. The game ends after 49 minutes after Gaz Median Medias withdraw in protest at their two red cards.

It finishes 1-0 Charlton. (Match report should be good!) #cafc

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) July 4, 2019


When it became apparent that the official would not be rescinding the red cards so the players involved could be substituted instead, manager Mihai Teja ordered his team off the pitch.

Despite the tie due to last 70 minutes, it was abandoned after just 49, following the penalty decision less than 5 minutes earlier.

"They are making fun of us! Come on, let's leave" – Gaz Metan manager Iordanescu before asking his players to walk off the pitch. https://t.co/6QZO4TH3su

— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) July 5, 2019