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DTotD: Goalkeeper suspended for revenge tackle on Ibrahim Afellay

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Schalke played a friendly against lower division club TuS Erndtebruck, giving newly acquired Ibrahim Afellay, on loan from Barcelona, a chance to show what he can do. When he did just that by hoping over fellow Dutchman and Erndtebruck goalkeeper Jannick von der Heiden to score an easy goal, the keeper got his revenge by putting in a late tackle on Afellay's legs as the ball found the net.

Von der Heiden was booed by fans and was unapologetic after the match, prompting his manager to ban him indefinitely. Afellay only made five appearances for Barcelona last season due to an ACL injury he suffered last September.

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