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Alaves Goalkeeper Gets Sent Off For Catching The Ball Outside The Area

Alaves Goalkeeper Gets Sent Off For Catching The Ball Outside The Area

After months of quarantine, Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco completely forgot the rules of football upon his return to action today.

The 28-year old goalkeeper was in the sticks for his side's game away at Espanyol in La Liga today but lasted just 18 minutes on the pitch.

Pacheco blatantly caught the ball outside his area and was promptly shown a red card by the referee, who had one of the easiest decisions of his career to make.

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After Pacheco's dismissal, Roberto, who made a number of key errors playing for West Ham this season, replaced his fellow Spaniard in goal.

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With nobody anywhere near him, Simoncini casually picked up the ball outside the box and conceded a free-kick that Scotland subsequently scored from.

Some fans argued that the 33-year-old thought played had stopped for the downed Scotland player but we're often told the golden rule of football is to play to whistle.

Topics: Football News, Alaves, Football, Goalkeeper, La Liga, Espanyol

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