Come on ref, how's that only a yellow card?

21 September 2010: In the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana tie between Colombian side Deportes Tolima and Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero the Colombian player Jhon Hurtado jumped recklessly into a challenge with Oriente Petrolero's Paraguayan forward Francisco Argüello which left him with a severely broken leg. It happened right in front of referee Juan Soto, who unbelievably deemed the challenge worthy of only a yellow card.

Tolima held on to win the game 2-0 and eliminated Oriente Petrolero from the competition 2-1 on aggregate.

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  1. It shouldn't have been a red.. It was purely accidental. His studs were pointing down. He didn't dive in. It was very unfortunate, but you cannot give Red cards based on the consequences of a foul. It has to be for the nature of the foul.

    Yellow, was the correct decision, or have we all turned in to Anti-tackling Wenger-ites?

  2. I'd rather not play against your team if you think jumping into the tackle recklessly with both feet off the ground, getting nowhere near the ball and breaking the other guys leg in half is not dangerous play.

    I've got nothing against tackling but defending dangerous play in order to have a dig at Wenger is absurd.

    I guess you are a Bolton fan ;)

  3. I'm an Arsenal fan so obviously we've been on the wrong end of some reckless challenges with terrible consequences recently, but I agree that a yellow card was the right result here.

    The vast majority of the force comes from his clearance, rather than the impact being almost solely generated by the fouler. It's just an unfortunate accident. Shows how fragile our bones can be though really. Urgh.

    btw 'Anonymous', Wenger has never said anything about being "anti-tackling". Don't be so stupid.

  4. Anonymous 2 - I agree that most of the force came from Argüello's leg swing (not a clearance he is in the attacking team) but that doesn't stop the fact that Hurtado jumped into the tackle dangerously, getting nowhere near the ball. He clearly didn't mean to snap Argüello's leg and looked genuinely upset about it, just like I'm sure Taylor didn't mean to ruin Eduardo's leg back in 2008 when he lunged into that challenge clumsily and dangerously.

    It's not malicious play, but if you can't see the difference between a fair tackle and diving into the challenge with both feet off the ground then you don't really get the concept of dangerous play and shouldn't really complain when your players get serious injuries.

  5. Well to my mind, this tackle isn't remotely comparable to Taylor's challenge, or, say, Axel Witsel's one last year. Both those tackles were ridiculous and the players showed no care and attention whatsoever for the safety of their fellow pros.

    I'm not saying Hurtado's tackle was not a foul, but nor was it a reckless tackle made with excessive force and with a high chance of causing injury to his opponent.

  6. if you understand Spanish, listen to the commentator reaction. he said red card straight away and was surprised that it was yellow even before the extent of the injury became clear with the replays.

    if you are jumping up to block the shot, 2 feet off the ground is OK, but if you are running quickly towards your opponent then go into the challenge with both feet off the ground that a is dangerous lunge.

    To put things in perspective South American referees will often give a players a straight red card for breaking a counter attack with a cynical foul or shirt pull.