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Watch: Argentina Second Division Player Sees Red For Brutally Booting Opponent In The Face

Watch: Argentina Second Division Player Sees Red For Brutally Booting Opponent In The Face

Over in Argentina, a player has just been shown a red card for one of the worst challenges in recent memory.

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No, it wasn't a crunching leg breaker, instead Martin Minadevino was given his marching orders on the halfway mark after brutally booting his opponent square in the face.

Credit: Tyc Sports

With the score at 0-0 in the Primera B Nacional game between Los Andes and Brown de Adrogue, the ball bounced up in the air just outside the edge of the area.

Minadevino had his eye on the ball and did make a genuine attempt for the ball, but he ended up performing a big boot that legendary WWE wrestler Kane would have been proud of.

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Somehow, the visiting players tried to plead with the referee but he was in no mind that the vicious high foot to the head warranted a red card.

The challenge was a sort of call-back to the awful kung-fu kick Nigel De Jong delivered to Xabi Alonso's chest in the 2010 World Cup final.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Howard Webb, the referee for the game between Netherlands and Spain, missed the challenge and said he was "gutted" at failing to spot it in his autobiography.

Remarkably, Alonso managed to see out the rest out the game as Spain won the World Cup for the first time in their history.

But he revealed just how much pain he was in during an interview with Four Four Two.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"All I felt was extreme pain in my chest. My body was shaking, but this was the World Cup final - there was no way I was going off. I played for as long as I could.

"It felt like my body had been torn apart and then not put back together properly. There were a couple of stud marks but nothing else, as the impact was right on my ribcage."

Topics: Football News, Football, Xabi Alonso, Argentina, Tackle

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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