Tunnel footage of linesman practicing with his flag has football fans ‘in tears’

A linesman was caught practising his flag-raising ability on a club's camera.

In 2016, on Charlton’s tunnel cam, the official was spotted lifting his flag up and down ahead of a League One match. The bizarre warm-up routine went viral at the time, with Graham Kane’s flag skills being seen the world over.

He was about to officiate Charlton’s game against Shrewsbury. His partner who was in the video, Anthony Da Costa, didn't look at Kane during his warm-up routine – but if he did, he would have been in for some shock. Neither Kane nor any of his team of officials had any major incidents in the League One match.

Charlton won 3-0, as five corners and 18 fouls were awarded during the contest in London. Ricky Holmes scored a brace, and current Addicks manager Johnnie Jackson found the back of the net as well.

The introduction of cameras in the tunnel at football grounds has provided viewers with a great insight into players' and officials’ preparation. It has also given us some special moments, such as Roy Keane squaring off with Patrick Vieira in the tunnel ahead of Manchester United ’s clash with Arsenal among others.

Meanwhile, more recently, the Addicks ran out surprise winners against promotion-chasing Rotherham on Saturday. George Dobson's second-half winner means Rotherham are three points outside of the automatic promotion spot.

Can you think of any other embarrassing tunnel cam incidents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Paul Warne said after the match via the Yorkshire Post: “We just were not at our best. Whether it’s after the Lord Mayor’s show or emotional fatigue, I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I am not sure we deserved to lose but I don’t know if we did enough to win. I thought our first-half performance was okay.

“We looked like we were going to nick a goal. I thought if we got one, we’d go on and win handsomely, but it wasn’t the case and it is happening a few too many times at home at the moment.”

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