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The Muay Thai tackle: the worst ever in UCL history

Jul 19, 2018

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BREAKING FUNNY NEWS! It is the middle of July and most clubs are just getting back into the swing of things and building preparations for the upcoming season.But for some teams across Europe there’s just no let up with the 2018-19 season already underway.

And with the stakes raised even at this early stage of the campaign, a Champions League qualifier in Hungary on Tuesday night saw one of the dirtiest tackles you will ever see. Over in Hungary, MOL Vidi FC (formerly known as Videoton) registered a 2-1 win over Luxembourg’s F91 Dudelange in the first qualifying round – however the game ended amid a maelstrom due to a truly disgusting red card offence.

Just one minute before the final whistle, Dudelange defender Bryan Melisse was sent off for this absolutely shocking two-footed drop kick assault on Mate Patkai. F91 Dudelange’s player was sent off immediately after a displaying a Muay Thai  tackle. Melisse launched a two-footed kick on his opponent, sending him to the floor.

Ouch. Memories of Nigel de Jong’s similarly violent chest-high lunge on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final come flooding back. And yes, you did just witness Melisse’s Dudelange teammates having the temerity to protest and argue against his dismissal with the referee. The nerve of some people!

“Memories of Nigel de Jong’s similarly violent chest-high lunge on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final come flooding back”

F91 Dudelange

Champions League

Just after the tackle, Melisse had held his hands up after the tackle and accepted his red card from Scottish referee Don Robertson – after all, how could he possibly have quibbled with that?