Dirty Tackle

DTotD: 36 players sent off during Paraguayan junior league match

Ryan Bailey
Dirty Tackle

On most days, the Dirty Tackle mailbag is stuffed full of complaints that, we simply do not pay enough attention to Paraguayan non-professional junior football leagues. "It's an outrage," says reader Paolo Anderson. "Why are the nurses stealing my medicine?" adds loyal fan Karl Rodriguez.

Well, today this grievous error has been rectified with news of a mass brawl in a game between Teniente Farina and Libertad. In the final minutes of the match, the referee sent a player from each side off, sparking a fight that involved all players and substitutes, and which featured more than one "spirited" flying kick.

The reason you see no match officials intervening or issuing punishment is that they fled the field when the brawl broke out, and dismissed all 36 players from the relative safety of the dressing room.

The club presidents were both quick to lambast the officials for their lack of courage, while conveniently failing to criticize their players for trying to beat seven shades out of their opponents.

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

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