CHARLTON’S pre-season kicked off in bizarre fashion after their opponents staged an extraordinary walk off.
Lee Bowyer’s Addicks began their preparations for the Championship with a friendly against Gaz Metan Mediaș in Spain this evening.
But the clash was anything but friendly after it was abandoned after just 49 minutes.
The extraordinary scenes occurred after their Romanian opposition had been reduced to nine men – causing a staggering protest.
Charlton, already leading 1-0, were awarded a penalty moments after the break after Lyle Taylor was bundled over in the area.
But the furious Medias players lost their heads as they began manhandling the referee, according to the South London club’s Twitter account.
The official immediately brandished two red cards for the angry reaction.
And as he contemplated calling off the game, Medias made the decision for him by walking off in protest after just 49 minutes.
Hilariously, Taylor still took the penalty as one of his team-mates filled in between the opposition sticks as the contest ended in farce.
George Lapslie had given Charlton the lead on 13 minutes.
He was slipped in behind the defence by Alfie Doughty, and he kept his cool by rounding the goalie to break the deadlock.
Bowyer and his side will now be hoping there are no fireworks when they travel to Welling United a week on Saturday as they look to hit top gear ahead of their return to the second tier.
The Addicks begin their Championship campaign with a trip to Blackburn Rovers on August 3.
They then welcome Stoke City to The Valley a week later.