Wigan Warriors forward Kaide Ellis has been sent off for a headbutt on Stefan Ratchford less than seven minutes into the Challenge Cup quarter-final tie with Warrington.
Ellis, 26, was named at loose forward ahead of the clash by head coach Matt Peet. Wigan will now be forced to play the remainder, and majority, of the match with 12 men.
It’s the second red card this weekend following Josh Griffin’s sending off after half-time during Hull’s clash with St Helens at the MKM Stadium.
Despite going down to 12, Wigan opened the scoring through on-loan centre Toby King – against his parent club.
WATCH: Kaide Ellis in act of stupidity
Wigan's Kaide Ellis has been sent off by referee Liam Moore inside the first seven minutes! 🔴
Thoughts on that?
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The sending off by referee Liam Moore has seen the majority of a one-sided response, with rugby league fans in support of the huge decision.
Commentating on BBC 5 Live Sport, ex-St Helens back-rower and Grand Final winner Jon Wilkin said: “His actions there have really cost the Wigan team.
“The referee has to send him off. It’s just poor, it’s terrible from Kaide Ellis. It’s a shocker.”
Early drama in the Challenge Cup 😳
Kaide Ellis gets a red card after just six minutes after he uses his head against Stefan Ratchford, who emerges with a bloody nose. 🟥
But then Toby King grounds the ball to give the 12-men the lead 💪
Wigan 🔴 6-0 🐺 Warrington #BBCRL
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