A soccer match in Argentina on Sunday resulted in ten players receiving red cards. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Lots of red cards
Football bettors were in good shape as the match in Argentina ended with ten players being sent off. Sunday’s Champions Cup final match between Boca Juniors and Racing was 1-1 after normal time. Both teams were reduced to ten men after a fight between two players over a handball claim in the penalty area.
The goal celebrations resulted in a wave of red cards
A header in the last minutes of extra time by Carlos Alcaraz put Racing ahead. Subsequent celebrations of the goal led to a wave of red cards. Boca players grabbed and pushed the scorer and threw a ball at the 19-year-old.
In the resulting clash, referee Facundo Tello issued red cards to six Boca players and two Racing players, including Alcaraz. It was not clear whether the Argentine football authorities would take further action against Boca due to the team’s players’ lack of discipline.
Referee Facundo Tello is on the list for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar and has a reputation for being a good referee. Some people have wondered if it flows somewhat freely Hand out the ten red cards.
While there is no limit to the number of red cards a referee can issue, FIFA rules state that the game must be stopped if one team has fewer than seven players on the field.
Tello was the man in the middle in 118 games in the Argentine First Division. During those matches, he was issued 612 yellow cards and 45 red cards. In one match in September, he took out three red cards when he played Racing for Club Atlético Platense.
Popular prop betting markets
Most of the leading sportsbooks these days offer sponsored betting markets for cards in football games. Some of these markets involve betting that certain players will receive a yellow and/or red card during a match. Often there are also markets for betting more/under than the total number of cards a particular team will receive during a match.
Accused of fixing matches by intentionally obtaining a yellow card
These types of betting markets have caused some controversy in the past. Some players have been accused of participating in match-fixing by deliberately obtaining a yellow card. The UK’s National Crime Association (NCA) has investigated a suspicious yellow card received by Arsenal player Granit Xhaka during a Premier League match. The NCA was investigating a suspicious betting related to cryptocurrency and the Albanian mafia.