Former Chelsea starlet sent off amid mass brawls in Greek Cup semi-final

Olympiakos Stadium

Miroslav Stoch was unfortunate to receive a red card amid the melee that was Olympiakos v PAOK Salonika last night.

Chelsea have one of the largest youth academies in world football - with players from around the globe hoping to make it big by being a part of the youth system at the club.

One such player was Miroslav Stoch.

Nowadays a Puskas Award winner at Fenerbahce - last summer he was loaned out to the Greek outfit PAOK Salonika.

It has been a very promising loan spell.

He has scored five goals in 31 appearances in all competitions - being a regular in the Greek side for most of the campaign. Just recently he scored a wonderful goal to help PAOK overcome PAS Giannina - his first league goal since he bagged one against Panathinaikos in October of last year.

Last night he was in Greek Cup action and while he also has a reputation for scoring great goals - he is also known as a bit of a hothead.

And last night he received his marching orders - amid a couple of brawls in the highly charged first-leg of the semi-final against Greek champions Olympiakos.

Olympiakos raced into an early lead with goals from Alejandro Dominguez and David Fuster after just 11 minutes but PAOK clawed their way back into the game with an effort from Stefanos Athanasiadis.

But after that things turned ugly.

The trio of Fuster, Dominguez and Nelson Haedo Valdez took exception to the PAOK goalscorer collecting the ball and bringing it to the centre circle.

And after they bundled him to the floor Stoch stepped in to defend his team-mate, but rashly shoved Valdez from behind.

Valdez didn’t help matters, rolling around the floor as if hit by an errand sniper, but the referee didn’t help either.

Booking all players involved seemed a sensible solution - but instead he booked the Olympiakos players involved and sent Stoch for an early bath - ending the game as a competition.

Another slanging match took place before Stoch booted an unidentified object on his way down the tunnel - causing yet another brawl.

Greek football, you are always guaranteed at least one brawl…

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