Fans can’t believe Joelinton’s red card in Brazil’s defeat to Argentina


Joelinton’s red card in Brazil’s defeat to Argentina on Tuesday night has baffled fans.

Brazil suffered a first ever World Cup qualifier home defeat after Nicolas Otamendi’s 63rd minute strike in a wild and violent affair at the Maracana.

Fans clashed in the stands during the national anthems, with Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez pleading with police to stop as they clashed with supporters.

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He tried to grab a policeman’s baton, while Lionel Messi led his team off the pitch and into the changing rooms at one point.

The game did eventually start and was a predictably fiery contest, with a total of 42 fouls for both teams.

But the red card issued was deemed to be incredibly harsh. Joelinton of Newcastle was given his marching orders following an incident with Rodrigo de Paul.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder, referred to as Messi’s bodyguard, held onto the former Hoffenheim man’s arm for what felt like an absolute age in the 81st minute.

Joelinton had even popped off the ball and De Paul was still grabbing him.


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