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LONDON - Reading mascot Kingsley -- a giant lion who wears the club's blue and white hooped shirt -- was sent off by the referee in their Premier League match against Newcastle United on Monday because he was confusing him.

"I can see where the referee was getting confused, you know he does look like so many of my players," manager Steve Coppell told Sky Sports with a grin.

The mascot's dismissal from the side of the pitch before halftime did not appear to hurt the team's luck as they still won 1-0.

It was unclear whether he would miss the next match through suspension.

So I must ask... does THIS look like a soccer player to you?

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I think the red card is a little much, but thats why when players warm up they where a bib, if a ref looks quickly, I dont care if its a giant turd in a blue shirt, it could cause him to make a miss call. Also, mascot in the premiership!?!

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I think the red card is a little much, but thats why when players warm up they where a bib, if a ref looks quickly, I dont care if its a giant turd in a blue shirt, it could cause him to make a miss call. Also, mascot in the premiership!?!

Actually, there is a "Mascot Steeplechase" in GB. It has gotten larget every year. Kingsley may have participated in it.

Even Sir Purr did not get ejected in 1996 for his behavior.

"In the second quarter of an 18-14 Steelers loss Sunday, Carolina punted into the end zone and the black hair ball known as Panthers mascot Sir Purr pounced on the ball before the play was blown dead. Penalty flags flew - mascot interference? - but were picked up and the properly chastised Sir Purr was not seen again until well into the third quarter. Steelers coach Bill Cowher was caught on the sidelines laughing at the antics of Sir Purr and afterward said, "It's OK. He is harmless."

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It's apparent that soccer has the same problem as baseball: Those officiating the games are legally blind.

Ironically, the mascot in question is a lion. And Lions Clubs International (of which I am a proud member) help the blind and people with sight problems. We Lions would be glad to help the soccer officials be able to tell the difference between a mascot and a player.

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I think the red card is a little much, but thats why when players warm up they where a bib, if a ref looks quickly, I dont care if its a giant turd in a blue shirt, it could cause him to make a miss call. Also, mascot in the premiership!?!

Actually, there is a "Mascot Steeplechase" in GB. It has gotten larget every year. Kingsley may have participated in it.

Even Sir Purr did not get ejected in 1996 for his behavior.

"In the second quarter of an 18-14 Steelers loss Sunday, Carolina punted into the end zone and the black hair ball known as Panthers mascot Sir Purr pounced on the ball before the play was blown dead. Penalty flags flew - mascot interference? - but were picked up and the properly chastised Sir Purr was not seen again until well into the third quarter. Steelers coach Bill Cowher was caught on the sidelines laughing at the antics of Sir Purr and afterward said, "It's OK. He is harmless."

[threadjack]Wait...the Panther's mascot name is "Sir Purr"? "Sir Purr"?! I'm having a serious case of the Roffles here over the name. The "Sir" part is what's doing it, I just find it humorous. [/threadjack]

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