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.
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