Boca Juniors and River Plate were involved in a crazy 40-man brawl during a ‘friendly’ match on Saturday.
The Argentinian rivals were playing out their traditional pre-season match at the Atlantic resort of Mar de Plata when a melee erupted late on after Carlos Tevez was head butted.
The former Manchester City striker went down theatrically when River Plate defender Jonathan Maidana lent his head towards 31-year-old.
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Maidana was one of five players sent off during the game with the head butt started an almighty pushing match between the two teams.
It’s unclear what Tevez had said to provoke Maidana but the striker admitted that they were both of blame for the behaviour.
“Neither of us behaved well,” admitted Tevez. “You regret it afterwards because it generates violence outside (the pitch).”
The match continued after the ugly incident with River Plate winning 1-0 thanks to an earlier penalty, which had been conceded by Tevez.
The match was only ten minutes old when the referee, Patricio Loustau, brandished the first red card of the match after Boca had Jonathan Silva sent off for a nasty lunge on Gabriel Mercado which forced him off injured.
Two further red cards in the second half for Boca left them with eight players against River Plate’s 11 after defenders Gino Peruzzi and Daniel Diaz were dismissed.
But River Plate soon got involved when both Maidana and Leonardo Pisculichi saw red for their involvement in the melee with ten minutes remaining.
Boca’s three dismissals meant they have now got five red cards in their previous two matches - both of which were friendlies - and Tevez has called on his teammates to start behaving.
“In four days, five sent off, in two matches, we must grow (up),” Tevez said.
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