VIDEO: Tim Cahill sent off before even getting onto the pitch

The former Everton striker saw red while waiting to be introduced in an A-League derby between Melbourne City and arch-rivals Melbourne Victory

Tim Cahill endured a forgettable Melbourne derby after seeing red before entering the fold.

Melbourne City were looking to introduce the experienced forward when things got a little heated in the touchline.

A melee broke out in the technical area as former Everton man Cahill waited for his big moment.

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The match officials attempted to restore order, after awarding Melbourne Victory a later winner, but tensions were running high.

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City were frustrated to see an 86th minute own goal by Manny Muscat awarded, having initially been ruled out for an offside call.

Cahill make his feelings known to referee Chris Beath after being approached, with Besart Berisha considered to have been interfering with play, and was subsequently sent off without having stepped foot on the field.

The game ended 2-1 to Victory, compounding the misery of City’s 37-year-old veteran.