Salford City goalkeeper Max Crocombe was sent off and reported to police for urinating on the field during a football match.

The bizarre incident happened in the closing stages of a Vanarama National League North clash at Horsfall Stadium.

There was confusion over why the shot-stopper was given his marching orders by the referee, with both clubs taking to Twitter.

Opponents Bradford Park tweeted: “86′ – RED CARD! This is bizarre. Salford goalkeeper Max Crocombe has been dismissed and no one knows why…”

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While Salford said: “88: Red Card! Crocombe see red for something off the ball. No one has a clue what has happened. 1-2.”

But in a follow up message, Bradford Park revealed the true reason why he was sent off, as they said: “87′ – We can confirm that Crocombe has been sent off for urinating during the game. We are not joking. #greenarmy (1-2).”

Crocombe later apologised for his act and said he had been in a “very uncomfortable position”.

The keeper posted a screenshot of his apology on Twitter.

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It read: “I’d like to sincerely apologise for the incident today. I was in a very uncomfortable position and made an error in judgement which spoiled a great win.

“My intention was never to offend anyone and I’d like to apologise to both clubs and both sets of supporters and it won’t happen again.”

The 24-year-old only joined Salford City back in May, and will now face a suspension for the act.

Crocombe has represented New Zealand on ten occasions in their their youth sides.

Salford are owned by members of Manchester United’s famed ‘Class of ’92’, with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville all involved in the day-to-day running of the non-league outfit.