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Bedoya receives 41st red card of career

Independiente Santa Fe defender Gerardo Bedoya picked up the 41st red card of his career when his side faced Millonarios in Colombia's Bogota derby - resulting in a 15-match suspension for violent conduct and a fine.

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Bedoya, 36, received his marching orders after elbowing Millonarios' Yhonny Ramirez. The former Colombia international then proceeded to stamp on Ramirez's face, sparking a mass brawl between the players on the pitch.

The disciplinary committee of the Colombian league body, Dimayor, handed the player a fine of 1,227,850 Colombian pesos and a 15-match suspension, for violent conduct against an adversary in an incident off the ball.

Dimayor said: "According to the referee's report on the match between Santa Fe and Millonarios FC, which took place on September 22 for the ninth round of the Postobon League II (Clausura), player No. 20 Gerardo Bedoya, after being sent off, kicked an adversary in the face who was on the ground."

Bedoya, who has since publicly apologised for his behaviour, will only be able to play for his club again this season if they reach the championship finals.

Referee Adrian Velez also sent off Millonarios' Roman Torres and Santa Fe's Edwin Cardona as a result of the brawl, in a match that finished 2-1 to Millonarios, with both players being handed two-match suspensions and fines of 245,570 pesos.

Bedoya won the Copa America with his country in 2001 as well as the Argentine league title with Racing Club the same year.


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