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