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36 EJECTIONS, AND ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Claypole defeated Victoriano Arenas, 2-0, in an Argentine second division match that came to an early end with all 36 players in uniform ejected, believed to be a world record.   Referee Damian Rubino had already reached into his pocket several times in an effort to control the ill-tempered match when a harsh challenge by Arenas midfielder Rodrigo Sanchez touched off a bench-clearing brawl.  Rubino responded by red-carding what remained of the starters and reserves from both teams.

Appeals lodged by the two sides could not be heard before their next matches, so in those games the equally depleted Claypole and Arenas were forced to field teams made up entirely of youth players.  [March 6]

Comment:  This unusual tale is mentioned primarily because it recalls one that just missed the final manuscript of Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore and Amazing Feats:

Antonio Marquez Ramirez is one of the most accomplished referees in Mexican soccer history.  A distinguished gentleman with trimmed mustache and silver mane,  Marquez, then 50, was in the middle for two matches at the 1986 World Cup (West Germany’s 2-0 win over France in the semifinals and Denmark’s famous 6-1 first-round dismantling of Uruguay),  and later that year he ran a line at the FIFA World All-Star Game for UNICEF at the Rose Bowl.  He was not, however, allowed to go gently into that good night.

In August 1986, in his swan song as a referee, Marquez had the honor of working Mexico’s classico, Club America against Chivas Guadalajara at the Estadio Azteca.  Some honor.  In the 72nd minute, in a dust-up between Mexican internationals, a fallen Fernando Quirarte of Chivas was kicked in the chin by America’s Carlos Hermosillo, triggering a free-for-all that featured an equal number of high kicks and wild haymakers.  Marquez called it a career by calling it a day:  he lifted a red card and turned a 360, ejecting everyone in sight, then walked off the field.

The remaining 18 minutes were played out a month later in an empty stadium with referee Edgardo Codesal in charge.  Of course, none of those ejected America or Chivas players were involved.  America, leading thanks to a 50th-minute goal, prevailed, 1-0.

 

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