Maccabi Haifa drew 2-2 with Bnei Yehuda in the Isralei Premier League on Sunday, but the result was overshadowed by a horrendous two-footed tackle in the 84th minute.
As Bnei Yehuda midfielder Rafi Dahan gained control of the ball, Maccabi's Rubén Rayos flew in with an incredibly aggressive lunge that is fairly difficult to watch.
Rayos was given a straight red card for his actions and should face a lengthy ban, while Dahan is thought to have suffered a fracture that will keep him out of the game for an extended period.
The Israeli midfielder was due to be married in three weeks' time, but has now been forced to postpone the ceremony.
Speaking to the media afterwards, Dahan did little to hide his fury:
"Rayos tried to end my career. I can not let this never forgive him. It was a crime."
To add to the sense of injustice, bottom-of-the-league Bnei Yehuda were winning 2-1 at the time of the incident, but dropped two points when Maccabi equalized in the 97th minute.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.
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- Rafi Dahan