Video: Mascherano sent off for kicking stretcher cart driver because he was 'going too fast'

Posted by Chris Wright

Last night's World Cup qualifier between Ecuador and Argentina in Quito got a bit tetchy in the final stages, with the visitors being reduced to ten men with minutes left on the clock when Javier Mascherano was sent off for kicking out at the first aid cart driver while being stretchered to the sidelines for treatment...

Mascherano issued a half-apology after the game, saying he was dreadfully embarrassed about his conduct and that he only kicked the cart driver because it was going too fast:

"One preaches non-violence in our country and in this I was mistaken. My reaction was not justified. I feel ashamed. I don't like to generate controversy.

"I am big enough to admit my mistakes. This embarrasses me, saddens me.

"The stretcher buggy was going too fast and I was about to fall. I warned [the driver] and he ignored me, but what I did was not justified."

This all coming on the very day that the Argentinian FA decided to ban away fans from attending the next two game rounds after one Lanus fan was killed and another badly injured at their recent Primera Division game with Estundiantes, along with the country's ongoing problems with escalating football-related violence.

How fitting.

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