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(Guardian)   Anybody can get a red card for kicking someone on the opposing team. But it takes a special sort of player to get sent off for kicking a medical staffer while he's being carted off the field on a stretcher   ( divider line
    More: Dumbass, Javier Mascherano, stretchers, World Cup qualifying  
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2013-06-12 09:48:34 PM  
Why was a man kicking at another man with no karate involved?

2013-06-12 11:48:45 PM  
Imagine the train of thought going through Javier's head...

"Hey, I'll fold like a French card table to slow down the action."
"Well, that worked like a charm! They're bringing out the medical buggy."
"Wait - he's making a beeline for the sidelines, going way too fast, and he's making me look bad. Crap!"
"He's not a player, and he's not a ref, so fark 'em - I'll kick him & drag my cleats on his shoulder, then yell at him when he stops & turns around. That'll show 'em, friggin' plebe!"
"What!? What did I do to earn a red card? It's not like that guy matters - what the hell!?"
2013-06-12 11:53:53 PM  

legion_of_doo: Why was a man kicking at another man with no karate involved?

2013-06-13 07:34:37 AM  
RE the cart. Once you go down and receive treatment you must leave the field. You may find that in South America that means you have to get on a cart to stop players timewasting, taking excessive time to 'limp' off.

In Europe we don't use carts and the players generally (in EPL and Spain where I've watched a lot of football) only use a stretcher if they won't be returning. That is they genuinely are farked.
2013-06-13 02:13:32 PM  

mos jef: I was watching the game when it happened, and the driver of the cart was doing something to Mascherano's leg with his right hand. I don't know if he was pulling leg hairs, or pinching him or what, but there was definitely something going on.

Except that didn't happen at all. From an interview with Javier:  Mascherano added: "The stretcher buggy was going too fast and I was about to fall. I warned him (the driver) and he ignored me, but what I did was not justified."
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