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Atletico Madrid had right-back Sime Vrsaljko and manager Diego Simeone sent off inside 13 minutes in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Emirates.
Croatian international Vrsaljko was shown red after picking up two bookings in ten minutes, in what was the fifth quickest red card in the history of the Europa League.
He was shown yellow just two minutes in, before a late challenge on Alexandre Lacazette resulted in him being shown his marching orders.
RED CARD ! Atletico have had a player sent off ! pic.twitter.com/zVe5eLO6Ic
- ArsenalUpdates (@ArsenalEdits___) April 26, 2018
The 26-year old was furious but replies showed his dismissal was probably justified.
Then the craziness continued as manager Simeone was sent to the stands for trying to get Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin in the book.
Arsenal fans took great pleasure in waving the Argentine off.
Another sending off for @Atleti - and this time it's Diego Simeone!
The visiting manager has been sent from the touchline after remonstrating with the referee following a Bellerin foul#AFCvATL 0-0 (13) pic.twitter.com/7VdQfnz4dJ
- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 26, 2018
Diego Simeone is not happy :flushed:
The Atletico Madrid boss has been sent off just 12 minutes into the game... pic.twitter.com/HLJ5PR4tlO
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 26, 2018
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Simeone has been sent off in a final (Champions League), semi-final (Europa League) & quarter-final (Copa del Rey). And he has got an England player sent off in the last 16 (World Cup).- Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) April 26, 2018
:camera: It's the cheapest way to get a box seat at the Emirates, to be fair pic.twitter.com/kt83SoGK0D
- FourFourTwo :soccer: (@FourFourTwo) April 26, 2018
Arsenal vs. Atletico Madrid in the opening 13 minutes:
2': Sime Vrsaljko is booked.
9': Sime Vrsaljko is sent off after picking up a second yellow.
13': Diego Simeone is sent to the stands after arguing with the referee.
Eventful to say the least. #afc pic.twitter.com/pRh0edeGWs
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) April 26, 2018
Wouldn't want to bump into Diego Simeone down a dark tunnel right now...
- Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) April 26, 2018
ANOTHER RED CARD! Diego Simeone now sent off too!
F*ck it, good enough for him. Been a long time coming, but finally his comeuppance arrives. pic.twitter.com/2oAa1Ejqd5
- Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 26, 2018
Early red card for Atletico Madrid..
That has to be proof Diego Simeone will be managing Arsenal next season
- 7амкикоф (@7amkickoff) April 26, 2018
Hell has broken all over the @arsenal v #atletico ! Red card AND Simeone sent to stands!! Arsenal will still score this up!! #ARSATL #EuropaLeague
- ArsenalTheSinkingShip (@Shell_DonG) April 26, 2018
Atletico Red Card in the first 10 minutes :flushed:
Arsenal fans right now pic.twitter.com/aQHkuCLrUF
- Football Vines (@FootballVines) April 26, 2018
It gets worse for Atlético...
Now Diego Simeone has been sent to the stands for dissent.
"You can't behave like that towards the match official" - @Iandennisbbc
:soccer: #ARSATL :trophy: #UEL pic.twitter.com/nZmoUKTbVY
- BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) April 26, 2018
It's a pity Diego Costa was named as a substitute or else he might have got involved!
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