Exeter Chiefs chairman sent off his own pitch!

This was the dramatic moment Exeter Chiefs supremo Tony Rowe was sent off his own pitch!

He was just seconds into a substitution when the whistle was blown for a misdemeanour in the scrum.

Mr Rowe protested his innocence but referee Tony ‘Spreaders’ Spreadbury brandished a yellow card.

It was the shortest debut in Exeter Chiefs history.

The club chairman was playing in a fun testimonial game for fly-half Gareth Steenson which was watched by an estimated 8,000 fans at Sandy Park.

A former Exeter Chiefs squad took on a Classic Lions team, which included Mike Tindall MBE.

Speaking before the match, Mr Rowe said: “I wanted to support Steeno, he is a club legend, and to put on a Chiefs shirt and make my debut is something fitting of the occasion.

“To share a pitch with so many players that have given so much to Exeter Chiefs is a real pleasure, an honour, and something I will always remember.”