Juventus midfielder Leandro Paredes kickstarted a brawl in Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final clash with the Netherlands after booting the ball at the Dutch bench.
The 28-year-old flew in on a dangerous-looking challenge on Nathan Ake and referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz immediately blew his whistle, frustrating the Juventus man. Instantly, Paredes reacted by blasting the ball at the Dutch bench, infuriating the players and staff.
Netherlands centre back Virgil van Dijk sprinted over and pushed Paredes to the floor, starting a small brawl on the pitch. After the commotion came to an end, Lahoz booked Paredes; some suggested that the card should’ve been red considering both the foul and reaction.
Inter wing back Denzel Dumfries was also a central figure in the match, although it was for the wrong reasons. The Dutchman gave away the penalty in the 70th minute, allowing Lionel Messi to double the Albiceleste’s advantage.
Paredes has hardly featured for Argentina at the World Cup, only starting in their first group game against Saudi Arabia.