Watch: Is this football's worst tackle of 2018? Insane two-footed kung fu kick leads to instant red card

French football could be taking home a second prize this week although they probably won't be excited about the latest one after a French player was sent off for what is being deemed as the worst tackle of 2018.

This morning's Champions League fixture between F91 Dudelange and Videoton turned ugly after Bryan Melisse was given an instant red card for his two-footed challenge that squarely hit an opposing player in the chest.

Melisse was immediately confronted by players from Videoton and the ref for his challenge before teammates arrived to to play down the situation as the French player was escorted from the pitch by coaching staff.

Melisse's brain-snap came with just 45 seconds left in the match and to make matters worse, F91 Dudelange were bundled out of the Champions League qualifiers after losing today's match 2-1.


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Global race on by big-spending football clubs to sign former sprint king Usain Bolt

The publicity blitz around Usain Bolt's proposed trial at the Central Coast Mariners could cost the A-League club the opportunity to cash in on the Jamaican sprint star's switch to football.

Clubs from around the world have been alerted to the potential riches on offer by signing Bolt, with the Mariners now facing a battle just to get their mooted six-week trial over the line.

AAP understands teams in Turkey, Hungary and the United States are among those to have entered the race for the eight-time Olympic champion.

Some of them are keen to offer Bolt a contract straight away, rather than put him through his paces first as the Mariners intend to do.

Central Coast CEO Shaun Mielekamp is set to fly to London this weekend in an attempt to seal the deal with Bolt, his long-time agent Ricky Simms and Australian intermediary Tony Rallis, who first floated the 31-year-old's availability to A-League clubs.

Simms told AAP on Tuesday the Mariners were only one of a number of options on the table for Bolt.

Mielekamp will also meet with Mike Phelan, the Mariners' new football director, who will reportedly be responsible for overseeing the trial if it happens.

If it doesn't, the Mariners have at least got their name out there.

Independent media monitoring analysis conducted by the club has shown 130 million people read about Bolt's link in the 30 hours following the revelations.

It would have cost them $4.5 million to buy the same amount of media coverage that was generated.

Some have dismissed it as a brazen publicity stunt while Football Federation Australia, who have been asked to tip in around $900,000 from their marquee player fund in the event Bolt was to succeed in his trial, have reacted somewhat coolly to the prospect.

"It's completely random," Brisbane Roar striker Adam Taggart said when asked about Bolt's potential A-League move.

"But I guess if that's what Central Coast are keen to do, then that's what they're keen to do.

"It'd obviously be pretty interesting to have a character like that in the league. I'm just happy I'm not a defender having to run against him if he does come."

Usain Bolt crosses the finish line winning the 200 meters men event at the Golden Spike Athletic meeting in Czech Republic Source: Associated Press


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Phoenix continue to rebuild roster, announce Polish goal-keeper as second key signing

Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan has continued to build from the back with confirmation of Polish goalkeeper Filip Kurto as his second player signing.

A week after welcoming veteran English defender Steven Taylor to the A-League, Rudan has snapped up the former Poland youth team player from Dutch club Roda JC.

The 27-year-old has been hailed as potentially one of the best glovemen in the league by Rudan, who has kept an eye on his career in Europe.

Kurto played 108 games in the top-flight Eredivisie for Roda JC from 2012-14.

His second stint wasn't so productive, spending the entire 2017/18 season on the bench as the club was relegated.

"We have known about him for some time, he has all the attributes to be one of the best goalkeepers in the A-League," Rudan said.

The 1.92 metre Kurto shapes as the likely first-choice custodian at the Phoenix, who used four different glovemen between the sticks last year.

Experienced pair Lewis Italiano and Tando Velaphi have moved on while Oliver Sail and Keegan Smith remain on the books.

However, Rudan has previously acknowledged the young Kiwi pair need more experience to become A-League regulars.

Kurto said his move will satisfy his curiosity about the standard of play down under.

"I have known about the A-League for a while and when I was told there was interest I felt this offer came at the perfect time for me," he said.

"The manager has a real enthusiasm and passion to win and he stressed to me that he wants players who will give everything for the club."

On the pitch, the Phoenix won their first pre-season game under Rudan with a 1-0 defeat of Wairarapa United 1-0 in Masterton.

Midfielder Sarpreet Singh scored early to celebrate last week's contract extention until the end of 2020.

Filip Kurto.
Filip Kurto. Source: Getty


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