16
Oct

Crazy brawl breaks out in Argentina’s fourth division

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It’s been a while since the last full-fledged melee out of Argentina has come to our attention. Frankly, it’s been quiet. Too quiet.

But sadly, we knew that eventually the silence wouldn’t last. Enter fourth-division sides Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti.

The two teams got involved in a massive brawl on Thursday after a foul at one end of the pitch quickly spilled over to the other end, where all 22 players and dozens of fans took part in a frenetic free-for-all:

The match was suspended after only twenty minutes of play.


31
Jul

U-20 Mexico/Northern Ireland match ends in violent brawl

A tournament match-up between Mexico and Northern Ireland Under-20s turned very, very ugly on Wednesday.

The teams were facing off in Northern Ireland in the Milk Cup, an annual week-long international youth tournament, when the game devolved into full-team brawls. Twice.

The fighting started in the 57th minute, and deteriorated into violence with three players getting red cards.

The brawling started again with three or four minutes left on the clock and resulted in one Mexican player aiming a kick at the head of a Northern Ireland player.

The referee opted to blow the final whistle when order was finally restored.

In total, three Mexican players and one from Northern Ireland were sent-off for fighting during the match and all four were later suspended by the tournament organizers.

On Thursday, Mexican FA issued an apology for the team’s behavior, while Northern Ireland team manager Stephen Craigan said Mexico shouldn’t be invited back to the tournament. He’s got a point:

"It was not nice. There were young kids here from around the world. They were here to watch a football match, they do not expect to see that. Mexico did it last year, they had a man sent-off for punching. They have a history of it. I have to be careful what I say, but I would like to think Mexico will not be back at the Milk Cup."

Northern Ireland came out of the melee with a 2-1 win, and will win the tournament if they beat their final opponent, Canada.

(h/t BBC Sport)

28
Mar

Last-second penalty triggers player riot in Copa Libertadores

Thursday night’s Copa Libertadores match between Independiente del Valle and San Lorenzo ended on an ugly note when riot police had to rush the pitch to stop players from attacking the referee.

The commotion was sparked when a last-second penalty was awarded to Ecuadorian side Independiente. The Argentinian visitors San Lorenzo were clinging to a 1-0 lead. Once Junior Sornoza converted from the spot for an improbable, last-gasp point, the livid San Lorenzo players swarmed around the match officials, forcing riot police into action.

The impact of the penalty decision can’t be understated. Due to the late equalizer, the two sides now both sit on five points in their Copa Libertadores group, with just one match-day remaining. A win would have given San Lorenzo a good chance to advance to the next round, but the draw kept them behind Independiente in last place.

H/T Pies

26
Oct

Five players sent off in massive brawl at end of Argentinian match

Ah yes, the Argentinian league is always such a fun, family-friendly affair.

In what unfortunately is too common of an occurrence — last week, a brawl broke out between Boca Juniors and Godoy Cruz — two Argentinian club teams came to blows at the end of a league match, resulting in five red cards.

Arsenal de Sarandi were playing Gimnasia on Saturday with a chance to close in on league leaders Newell’s Old Boys, but after blowing a lead in the second half and with time ticking away, Arsenal’s players grew frustrated by the opposition’s apparent time-wasting. In stoppage time, tempers boiled over when Gimnasia refused to give Arsenal possession back after a punctured ball had to be replaced on the sideline.

Arsenal thought this was bad sportsmanship leading to the brawl. In the end, two of Arsenal’s players and three Gimnasia players were sent off for their part in the carnage.

From PA Sport:

The match finished in heated fashion after a dispute about the state of the ball and what the home side saw as time-wasting.

The referee was forced to halt the match as police came on the pitch to attempt to break things up, and in the end Damian Perez and Nicolas Aguirre for Arsenal were sent off, as well as Gimnasia’s Ariel Garcia, Franco Mussis and Ricardo Diaz.

Could be worse, though. Imagine if that crazy referee from Kuwait was in charge of this match!

H/T Dirty Tackle

13
Oct

Edgar Davids elbows opponent in the face, victim left needing skin graft

Image courtesy of Reuters

He’s always been a little temperamental, but Edgar Davids has taken it another step this weekend.

Not one to hide from the limelight, Dutch maestro Davids joined struggling side Barnet, who languish in the lower echelons of English league football. He couldn’t save them from relegation that season but, to much surprise, remained with the club in his player-manager capacity.

In one of his not-so-finest moments however, Davids lost his cool during a 20-man brawl against Wrexham on Sunday.

Image courtesy of Reuters

Deputizing at centerback, Davids — who insists his Barnet players call him “Mister”, and has ensured that he wears the no.1 shirt at the club — swung a wild elbow at former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright, leaving the victim needing a skin graft.

Despite a career littered with red cards, tough tackles and combative play, perhaps ‘Pitbull’ has gone a little too far this time.

19
Apr

A full-scale brawl broke out at the end of the final Copa Libertadores group stage match between Gremio and Huachipato after Gremio manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo allegedly teased his counterpart Jorge Pellicier.

Following the spat, several Huachipato players attempted to chase down Luxemburgo, who then fell to the ground as chaos around him ensued. Players, coaches, ball boys, fans, you name it and they were involved before riot police eventually interfered.

So what did Luxemburgo say to spark such chaos? According to Reuters, Pellicier was quoted as saying: “He tried to make fun of us… That’s unsporting conduct. He said we should go on holiday, making a gesture with his hand.”

Luxemburgo kind of had a point, though it certainly was unsportsmanlike. With the two sides settling for a draw, Gremio advanced to the round of 16 while Huachipato missed out on goal difference.

PS: Anyone else find it hilarious that some of them seriously started to throw and kick soccer balls at the riot police? What’s that gonna accomplish?

17
Feb

Dynamo Kiev’s Dmitry Korkishko and Frank Temile went after one another in training, resulting in an unexpected fight. You can just barely see Temile jaw at Korkishko, who responded with a heavy left to the head. Temile went right back at Korkishko, laying a solid right before hanging on to him like a spider monkey in the scuffle afterwards.


Unanimous decision, Temile.