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DTotD: Alessandro Nesta sent off for headbutting opponent

Brooks Peck
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Injuries have limited 37-year-old Alessandro Nesta to just 15 appearances for Montreal since he joined the MLS side last summer and in a match against Kansas City, he unleashed his frustration with a headbutt on Claudio Bieler.

In the 73rd minute of Montreal's 2-1 win, Nesta and Bieler got tangled up as they fought for the ball. Nesta went down and Bieler stepped on his hand, prompting the Italian to quickly pop back up and try to use his head as a torpedo while Bieler backed away. Nesta was shown his first red card in MLS and that was the end of his night.

Earlier in the match, Bieler was awarded a penalty just before halftime when Nesta tugged him down by the shirt at the edge of the box. Nesta wasn't booked, but Bieler converted the penalty in the fourth minute of injury time. Montreal then scored twice early in the second half and even without Nesta for the final 15 minutes, they still held their lead for the win.

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

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