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WATCH: Rafa Marquez’s latest blatant, unnecessary attempt to injure

Apr 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

Rafa Marquez AP

Rafa Marquez can be a really bad dude.

I don’t mean “Bad” like Michael Jackson’s hit song, but bad like little kids identify the “bad guy.” He’s a villain. He’s hard-nosed.

And he’s a scummy player.

The latest example, pointed out by Sports Illustrated this morning, is his flying cleat into the back of Bolivar’s Gerardo Yecerotte on Tuesday night. He earned a red card for his troubles, costing Leon a chance to advance in the Copa Libertadores.

You may remember Marquez’s “inadvertent legs” from such previous films as “Shea Salinas’ clavicle: We hardly knew ye” (trailer below):

He’s just a player who doesn’t need to be playing, bad for the sport and arguably bad for humanity (judging from his various rifts through the locker room during his time with the Red Bulls).

For now, though, he’s just another villain awaiting a punishment. It’ll likely be too lenient.

  1. mazblast - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    If he’s a “star”, he’ll get a short suspension and the usual stern lecture. If he’s not a “star”, he’ll get a long suspension or ban.

    That’s just how it works.

  2. chadmoon1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    He is a bad guy. Just think back to the head butt to Cobi Jones in the 2004 (?) World Cup quarter final. And as well as being bad, he’s also dumb to do it. It ends up costing whoever he is playing for.

  3. footballer4ever - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Rafa Marquez is a disgraceful, hot-headed and overated footballer. He’s a footballer that once he had the chance to flee his homecountry for Spain, he disconnected himself from his roots and took a “Spaniard Complex” and his head blew up as a bobble head once he got playing in Europe. He was a complete bust with the New Yor Red Bulls in the end and his hot temper reappeared in the end.

    Therefore, please do not let this incident from Herrera taking him to Brazil. It will be funny to see when he gets all hot and bothered when he won’t be able to keep up and defend better footballers.

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