This epic match was played on February 26th between D Metropolitana league teams Claypole and Victoriano Arenas. The game was consistently halted for minor penalties throughout, but was a fairly normal match until late in the second half, when an enormous fight erupted. Prior to that point, two players had been ejected from the game - one during the first half, and one during halftime!
Referee Damian Rubio did his best to quell the violence by doing the only thing he really could do - flashing his little red card! All in all, a ridiculous 36 red cards were issued when all was said and done...that’s EVERY single player and coach, including substitutes! Police had to be brought in to break up the fighting, and the Victoriano Arenas coach claims he feared for his life and begged the officials to lock the players up in the locker room! Meanwhile, Rubio’s feat nearly doubled the previous record of 20, set during a Paraguayan match in 1993.
Be sure to watch the brawl at the end - you can see why the ref felt inclined to card EVERYONE:
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