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Football: Argentina ref sees red in 'friendly' after ditching yellow cards

Published on Jan 28, 2014 5:03 PM

(REUTERS) - Referee Carlos Maglio realised that even after dishing out eight bookings in a football friendly between bitter Argentinian rivals Estudiantes and Gimnasia the players were not getting the message, so he relinquished his yellow card to send a clear warning: the next one's red.

"Retiring the yellow was a spur of the moment decision. I had already booked eight players and I didn't want them to keep on hitting each other," he told La Red radio on Monday.

Maglio handed over his yellow card to one of his assistants during the second half of Sunday's 1-1 draw in the seaside resort of Mar del Plata in a friendly played during the season's summer break.

Sooner afterwards, he sent off Estudiantes midfielder Israel Damonte for violent play.

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