Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn enjoyed mixed fortunes on his first Premier League start for Manchester United, bagging a header from a corner but then being dismissed on the hour mark by referee Martin Atkinson for racially abusing Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.
Corbyn, who was started in an unfamiliar role on the right wing, saw red after 62 minutes for telling Vardy to “go back to f**king Sheffield.”
The incident marred an otherwise fine performance from the embattled politician, whose bullet header from the edge of the six yard box in the 10th minute was enough to separate the two sides in an abrasive contest. Corbyn also hit the bar from a free kick and delivered a rambling socialist monologue from the centre circle at half time.
Likewise an early bath for International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, who made short work of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night to reclaim the WBC Heavyweight title in impressive fashion.
Fox, 19, required just half a minute to put paid to Wilder’s hopes of a sixth successful title defence, and will face the winner of the upcoming bout between Luis Ortiz and Neil Kinnock in the New Year.