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Getafe's Alvaro Pereira gets 8-match ban for La Plata brawl

Alvaro Pereira will see his Getafe debut delayed after receiving an 8-match ban for his role in a brawl during a friendly between La Plata rivals Estudiantes and Gimnasia in Argentina.

Former Porto and Inter Milan full-back Alvaro Pereira, who was headed from Estudiantes to Getafe on loan until the end of the season, will see his La Liga start delayed after he was issued an eight-match ban by the Argentinian Football Federation for his role in a brawl during...

 By Chris Wright

Argentina 'friendly' turns violent between Estudiantes and Gimnasia

Mere days after a preseason fixture between Boca Juniors and River Plate featured five red cards and Carlos Tevez being head-butted, another Argentinian game has had to be prematurely halted due to an outbreak of anarchic violence.

La Plata rivals Estudiantes and Gimnasia managed to get through 55 minutes of their match -- nominally a "friendly" although officially part of the Copa Ciudad de la Plata tournament -- in relatively civil fashion, right up until the point that Alvaro Pereira walloped...


Referee abandons yellow card

An Argentine referee retired his yellow card during a friendly between Estudiantes and Gimnasia in favour of showing his red for any future foul play.

Zamalek are currently due to host the match.
Carlos Maglio had shown eight yellow cards by the 78th minute.

By the 78th minute of the clash between the Argentine rivals, Carlos Maglio had already handed out eight bookings.

So angry was the official that he spoke to both captains before casting aside his yellow card, threatening to instead punish any...