DTotD: Luis Fabiano misses with kick at opponent, simulation and red cards ensue

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

It didn't take long for Tigre's Copa Sudamericana match against Sao Paulo to degenerate into nonsense. Just 13 minutes into the match, there was already one sloppy collision too many, prompting a standoff. In the midst of this, Sao Paulo leading scorer Luis Fabiano tried to keep Tigre's Alejandro Donatti away from his teammate. Donatti took a swipe at Fabiano's arm, so Fabiano kicked out at him.

Fabiano completely misses Donatti (he was being held back), but after a second of thought, Donatti decides to go down as if it had connected (see the replay at about 1:50 for the better angle). Fabiano was then shown a straight red and as karmic retribution for his acting job, Donatti ended up getting sent off too.

Playing 10-v-10 for the final 77 minutes of the match, it ended in a scoreless draw.

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

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