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Catania Coach Given Four-Match Ban For Tackling Opposition Player During 91st Minute Counter-Attack

Catania Coach Given Four-Match Ban For Tackling Opposition Player During 91st Minute Counter-Attack

Calcio Catania coach Giuseppe Raffaele has been given a four-match ban for TACKLING an opposition player during the club's Serie C clash against Vibonese on Wednesday night.

The incident occured in the 91st minute of the game. A Vibonese player managed to win the ball with an impressive slide-tackle on the touchline but before he could create an attacking opportunity, Raffaele stepped in.

He took a step forward, dangled out his right foot and stole the ball in a moment of madness.

Then, to the surprise of nobody, the referee brandished a straight red card. You can see the footage of the bizarre moment below via Eleven Sports.

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In fact, days after the incident and Raffaele has now been given a four-match ban for his antics in the Serie C clash.

The Lega Pro have since commented on the suspension, saying: "With the game stopped, he entered the field of play subtracting the availability of the ball from a player of the opposing team, forcing the referee to suspend the match to decree expulsion."

As you can imagine, the Calcio coach's touchline tackle has become a talking point on social media, with some comparing it to Jose Mourinho's iconic tackle on Olly Murs at Soccer Aid.

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Raffaele's tackle deep into injury time reminded us of when Mourinho sprinted out of his technical box to take out singer Murs at Old Trafford.

Michael Sheen, who was also playing in that game, has since explained that Mourinho took out Murs to prevent him from smashing into the actor, who was carrying a serious elbow injury at the time.

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"The last time I played at Soccer Aid, I'd fractured my elbow in training and so I shouldn't have played at all but there's no way I wasn't going to," he said.

"They essentially said they couldn't insure me because of it, and I had to leave the day after the match to go back to America to carry on filming on the series I was doing. I had a week off from filming to go and do this."

We do enjoy a touchline tackle from a manager.

Topics: Football News, Football, red card, Manager, Fails, Tackle, Italy

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.