Dirty Tackle

  • DTotD: Brawl between Mexico and Northern Ireland U-20s includes nasty kick to the head

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    A Milk Cup match between Mexico and Northern Ireland's U-20 squads devolved into a vicious brawl two second-half brawls that saw four players sent off. During one of the fights, a Mexico player kicked a Northern Ireland player in the head.

    Northern Ireland won the match 2-1 and a total of four players were sent off as a result of the violence — three from Mexico and one from the winning side. After the match, Northern Ireland coach Stephen Craigan expressed his displeasure with the day's opponents. From the BBC:

    "It was not nice. There were young kids here from around the world. They were here to watch a football match; they do not expect to see that. Mexico did it last year - they had a man sent off for punching. They have a history of it. I have to be careful what I say, but I would like to think Mexico will not be back at the Milk Cup."

    The Mexican FA later apologized for the brawls and the four players sent off were suspended by tournament organizers.

    This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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  • The brightest and bleakest futures of Romelu Lukaku's move from Chelsea to Everton

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Everton have paid a club record £28 million to take Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell last season. The fact that Everton would pay so much for the 21-year-old and that Chelsea would let go of a promising young striker when they've had so many problems at that position in recent years both raise questions about the move. So it is our duty to look into the future for a glimpse of the best and worst outcomes of this deal for each side.


    The immediate future is undeniably bright. Lukaku was the one player the club wanted more than any other in this transfer window and now they've got him on a five-year deal. He led the team with 16 goals in all competitions last season. The price was high, but, for a club not known for possessing financial muscle, this can also be seen as a positive. Kind of like a person lifting a bus with their bare hands to save a child trapped underneath.

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  • Brazilian defender kisses angry opponent on the neck

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Internaticional striker Rafael Moura was upset about a collision with Ceara defender Sandro during a Copa do Brazil match Wednesday night. Normally, these types of situations can escalate to fisticuffs or words that can never be taken back, so Sandro attempted to defuse the situation by giving Moura a kiss on the neck.

    Though, this could have made things even worse, the surprising show of affection apparently confused Moura enough to make him immediately flee the scene.

    After Luis Suarez used the World Cup in Brazil as an occasion to bite an opponent for the third time in his career, it's kind of nice to see an altercation during a match in the same country end with a bit of tenderness instead of attempted cannibalism. At least someone is learning from Suarez's mistakes.

    Ceara went on to win 2-1, with Inter equalizing in the second minute of injury time before Ceara scored the winner in the third minute of injury time.

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  • No one is enjoying the Awkward Ashley Cole meme more than Ashley Cole

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Ashley Cole posed with his new Roma teammates as if he wasn't sure if he was allowed to be in the photo and the internet took over from there. So now Ashley Cole hovering in the background with his hands clasped behind his back has become a meme and no one finds it funnier than Ashley Cole himself. 

    Cole retweeted several of the photoshops doing the rounds, including a couple that called back to painful moments in his recent past. First, he shared one of him standing under the plane as the England team he was excluded from prepared to depart for the World Cup.

    @mrblackmills: This one is brilliant!! 😂😩😂😂😂😩😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 #AshleyColeInHistory #Creeping pic.twitter.com/Y0zX62kE9n” lol they got me hangin on tire😂

    Then he shared one that had him in the background of a photo of ex-wife Cheryl Cole with her new husband.

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