Referee sends off 18 players in Argentina

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An Argentinian Primera C match was abandoned last Saturday after the referee sent off all 11 away team players and seven substitutes following a mass brawl with home fans.

The incident began midway through the second half, with Barracas Bolívar were leading 3-0 against visitors General Lamadrid.

Reacting to taunts and abuse from the home fans, three players and four staff from Lamadrid became involved in a heated dispute, which quickly escalated into brawling.

Seeing the events unfolding on the touchline, all the players from the away side came over to defend their colleagues, resulting in fighting in and around the stands.

In seeing what had happened, the referee decided to issue 18 red cards to the away team, sending off not just the eleven players on the pitch, but also the seven substitutes.

It means Lamadrid will now have to play with a team of reserve and youth players in their next match.

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