Argentinian ref hands in yellow card and adopts 'red only' policy during violent derby clash

Posted by Chris Wright

After being forced into administering an eighth yellow card during the supposed mid-season 'friendly' game between La Plata-based rivals Estudiantes and Gimnasia, referee Carlos Maglio decided to take matters into his own hands in a bid to curtail the hostilities between the two sides.

With the game moving into the last ten minutes, yet another rough tackle convinced Maglio to visibly demonstrate that he'd finally run out of patience with the players as the official summoned both captains toward him.

He then proceeded to caution both sides that he'd only be showing straight red cards for the remainder of the game and, just to make his point crystal clear, handed in his yellow card to the fourth official.

Speaking to La Red radio after the game, Maglio explained his actions: "Retiring the yellow was a spur of the moment decision. I had already booked eight players and I didn't want them to keep on hitting each other.

"The fourth official asked me to give (the yellow) to him so that everyone should see (the decision), that way it was clear to everyone that the yellow was no longer in play."

Sadly, Maglio's ploy didn't overly effect the snippy nature of the game, with the referee sending off Estudiantes midfielder Israel Damonte off for violent play in the 84th minute -- not that his newly-instated "yellow-less" policy had anything to do with Damonte's punishment.

"Even if I'd had the yellow card he would still have gone off," Maglio continued. "It was a red offence."


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