Saturday 20 January 2018

Argentina captain Javier Mascherano sent off for kicking medic during World Cup qualifier

The Barcelona player appeared to be squirted by water

The injured Javier Mascherano is carted off the pitch. Shortly after he was sent off for kicking the driver of the motorised vehicle. Photo: AP
The injured Javier Mascherano is carted off the pitch. Shortly after he was sent off for kicking the driver of the motorised vehicle. Photo: AP

Simon Rice, Independent.co.uk

Argentina captain Javier Mascherano saw red in more ways than one during his side's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador last night.

In a bizarre incident, the Barcelona spoiler appeared to kick out at the driver of a medical cart, apparently in response to being squirted with water.

The 29-year-old was being carried from the pitch after picking up a knock in the 86th minute of the 1-1 draw in Ecuador.

Referee Enrique Caceres showed the former Liverpool player a red card, sparking angry scenes on the touchline.

Despite the draw, in which Manchester City striker Sergio Ageuro scored from the penalty spot, Argentina remain at the top of the standings in the South America qualifying group on 26 points, three ahead of second-placed Colombia.

Independent News Service

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