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07th Nov 2022

World Cup bound referee shows 10 red cards during Boca Juniors game

Callum Boyle

Absolute madness

Referee Facunda Tello was forced to award an incredible 10 red cards after a fight broke out during Boca Juniors’ 2-1 defeat to Racing.

With the game level going into stoppage time both sides were reduced to 10 men after Boca’s Sebastían Villa and Racing’s Johan Carbonero were shown reds.

The bust-up reportedly started after Boca wanted a penalty given for a handball in the area during the final moments of the game.

After the first scuffle had ended, Tello was left with more work to do moments later as Racing’s Carlos Alcaraz scored a late winner, sending the stadium into pandemonium.

Alcaraz’s jubilant celebrations left a sour taste in the mouth of the Boca players, causing an almighty frenzy to break out. One of the Boca players confronted him on the edge of the pitch, pushing him, grabbing his ear and then throwing the ball at him.

Once the second altercation had cooled down Tello punished those involved by handing out five red cards to Boca and another two to Racing.

Luis Advincula, Carlos Zambrano, Diego Gonzales, Frank Fabra and Dario Benedetto were all given their marching orders for Boca while Catriel Cabellos and Alcaraz were dismissed for Racing.

Alan Varela was then shown a second yellow card for the home side.

Tello is one of six South American referees who will officiate at the World Cup this winter. During his time as an official, the Argentine has handed out 612 yellow cards and 45 red cards in 118 professional games.

This isn’t the first time that the 40-year-old has shown more than one red card in a game either. Back in September during a game between Racing and Club Atletico Platense, Tello handed out three red cards and six yellow cards.

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