Wahbi Khazri sent off for assaulting opponent during Tunisia v Mauritania

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Wahbi Khazri is a player with a huge amount of talent but he’s not enjoying the best season of his career.

The attacking midfielder has featured sporadically for Premier League strugglers Sunderland since David Moyes arrived in the summer - he hasn’t yet managed to win over the Scottish coach - and is still looking for his first goal and assist of the campaign.

However, Khazri did manage to score for Tunisia in their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Libya last week. His penalty earned his national team all three points.

But he shot himself in the foot in Tunisia’s next match, a friendly against Mauritania, on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was shown a red card for a shocking assault on 19-year-old defender Moustapha Diaw. (Scroll down to watch the video).

Video: Khazri shown red card for punching Diaw

Incredibly, the referee also decided to show Diaw a red card for his part in the altercation.

Surely that will be overturned by FIFA; he didn’t appear to do anything wrong.

Khazri’s punch was totally out of order and it would come as no surprise if he’s handed a lengthy ban.

Tunisia are currently second in their 2018 World Cup qualification group, below DR Congo by virtue of goal difference, after securing wins over Guinea and Libya.

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Jermain Defoe
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