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World Cup referee brandishes record 10 red cards in a single game

Max Sherry

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World Cup referee brandishes record 10 red cards in a single game

One referee over in Argentina has set the new record for the amount of red cards brandished in a single football match.

Match official Facundo Tello, who is one of the referees heading to Qatar to officiate at the World Cup, went to the back pocket a whopping 10 times.

The sending off spree took place during Argentina’s Trophy of Champions Final, which saw Racing Club secure a wild 2-1 win over Boca Juniors.


Incredibly, Boca had SEVEN players sent off, while Racing had three.

It made for truly chaotic scenes, the sort of which that us neutrals absolutely love.

With the game deep into extra time, tensions inside the stadium boiled over when Racing Club's Carlos Alvarez scored a glancing header to win the game for his side in the final minute.


Wheeling away in celebration, Alvarez took his shirt off and made a beeline for the Boca fans, who retaliated by throwing bottles in his direction.

The Boca players also took exception to the celebrations too, confronting Alvarez by grabbing him and pinching his ears.

From there, Alcaraz himself and his Racing Club teammate Jonathan Galvan were given their marching orders.


On top of that, five Boca players were also sent for an early shower for their involvement in the melee.

Baring in mind that by this point, there had already been three red cards in the match.


The mass exodus meant the game finished with just four Boca players and eight Racing Club players on the pitch.

Tello made history too, it seems, as his 10 sendings off became the record for the most red cards shown in a football match.

It's like something out of FIFA 2002 on PlayStation where you and a mate played 'who can get the game abandoned first'.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/ESPN

Topics: Australia, Football, Argentina, Football World Cup, Qatar, Boca Juniors

Max Sherry
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