Ramiro Funes Mori caused chaos when he lunged into Liverpool striker Divock Origi during last night’s Merseyside derby.
The Everton defender was shown a straight red card for a horror tackle that ended Origi’s night prematurely and might rule him out for the rest of the season.
And yet, rather worryingly, this isn’t the first time Funes Mori has lost his head during a football game.
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During a Superclasico meeting between River Plate and Boca Juniors in 2014, the Argentine was sent off for launching a two-footed tackle on an opponent.
Clearly, there’s something about fierce rivalries that makes the defender lose all sense of control.
Funes Mori's tackle against Boca Juniors
It’s interesting to observe Funes Mori’s reaction to his challenge in last night’s game to the one against Boca Juniors.
Two years ago he rushed over to his opponent, apologising profusely for his rash tackle.
Last night, though, he walked off the Anfield turf while clutching the Everton badge in distasteful fashion. Jamie Carragher called him “embarrassing”.
The outcome of Funes Mori’s challenge ruined what was a brilliant evening for Liverpool. They crushed their local rivals 4-0 thanks to goals from Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, boosting their chances of finishing in a European spot.
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Origi’s injury left a “big shadow” on the night.
“I haven't seen [the tackle] until now,” the German said, per the Daily Mail. “I didn't see the television pictures. It's a big shadow on the game, to be honest.
“Usually if you tell me before the game we will win 4-0, I would feel different. But now we can talk about the game and this situation – we have to wait for a final assessment. It's absolutely too early.”
“When I came in, everybody who saw the pictures thought maybe it's broken. It's not.'I went to Divock in the medical room and I saw him smiling. The ankle is twisted so we have to wait to see what happens to the ligaments. That's how it is. I can't say more.”
Funes Mori's challenge on Origi
Reid called it scandalous
Former Everton player Peter Reid was on punditry duty for BBC Radio Five Live, and pulled no punches in his assessment of the tackle.
“It's a really poor challenge,” Reid said. “You can't condone anything like that.
“He should have thought about the badge when he was defending. It is a scandalous challenge and I just hope Divock Origi is okay.”
Opponents will certainly be more careful about approaching a 50-50 ball if Funes Mori is in the vicinity.