One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural sendings off
(in soccer or rugby) an instance of a referee ordering a player to leave the field and take no further part in the game.‘the Rovers man escaped a sending off and was handed a yellow card’mass noun ‘the turning point was probably the sending off of their midfielder’
- ‘A Welsh Rugby Union disciplinary hearing ruled that the sending-off was sufficient punishment.’
- ‘If the sending-off offence would also lead to a penalty kick, then committing the offence is almost never justifiable.’
- ‘So high was the level of on-field violence in the game by the end of the nineteenth century, that the rule-makers began to consider introducing a sending-off rule.’
- ‘The winger is suspended after his sending-off in the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.’
- ‘He felt that punching was not a sending-off offence and blames referees for taking the physical side out of rugby.’
- ‘They will strenuously appeal the defender's sending-off in Sunday's final.’
- ‘The sending-off came at a crucial time, with the team slightly on top and looking to be steering towards their 40th title.’
- ‘A third goal and a sending-off handed the initiative back to the home team.’
- ‘"We didn't take advantage of his sending-off as we should have done," Beckham said.’
- ‘We had defended really well but my sending-off probably cost us the game.’
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