SHEFFIELD FC: Oldest club manager Curtis Woodhouse bemoans the state of modern game

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PLAYER manager Curtis Woodhouse has protested his innocence - and expressed his frustration with modern football - after being sent off playing for Sheffield FC this week.

The former Sheffield United midfielder, who is also a professional boxer, was ordered off after coming on as a sub in Club’s 4-1 win at Hemsworth Minders Welfare.

He received a straight red from the ref after a tackle during the ‘feisty game.’

Asked about the incident, Woodhouse said: “Not guilty your honour, there was a coming-together, their player went down holding his face. I got a red; he got up laughing! I’ve contacted the FA for video evidence to clear my name...”

And he tweeted: “I might as well have chinned him, I’d have got the same punishment, football has gone to the dogs #gamesgone.” In another tweet, he posted: “Reputation precedes you! Top showing though, first half excellent & some great play.”

Club officials regard the tackle which ended Woodhouse’s night as “very harsh”.

Woodhouse had come on at the MDC Sports Stadium- and was ordered off - within six minutes of a match that saw Sheffield move into the quarter finals of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup.

He’d replaced Steve Woolley, who scored one of the goals. It was Woodhouses’s first appearance for the world’s oldest club since returning as player manager.