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Ugly scenes in Northern Ireland as Mexican U-19 player attempts to kick opponent’s head during Milk Cup brawl

Jul 30, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

Mexico’s U-19 team is currently taking part in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, but after today’s incident, the only renown the team will gain from the annual youth tournament will be infamy.

During one of two on-field altercations today against the host nation, a Mexican player (whose number can’t be verified) is thrown down by an Irish counterpart, identified on the tournament’s website as Andrew Whiteside. After regaining his feet, the Mexican player appears to kick Northern Ireland’s Ben Cushnie, who had fallen to the ground.

Though it’s unclear where the kick lands, the player appears to aim for Cushnie’s head.

According to reports, four players were sent off during a match the home side won, 2-1. From the BBC, also unable to identify the Mexico player:

Mexicans Raul Monala Gudino, Carlos Arreola and Kevin Gutierrez were sent off with Northern Ireland’s Robbie McDaid also dismissed.

The first brawl led to Gudino, Arreola and McDaid receiving their marching orders while Gutierrez was then red carded by referee Tim Marshall in the closing stages.

After the second brawl, Marshall called the match before full-time, with Northern Ireland manager Stephen Craigan left “disgusted” by what had transpired. According to the BBC, tournament organizers are expected to launch an investigation into the incidents.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    I think all soccer players who flop like that should be kicked in the head.

    Would immediately become the #1 sport in America.

  2. er1cfb - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    i second that idea

  3. er1cfb - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    the writer says thrown down, but if he indeed was thrown down, it was viciously. it almost looked like a knock down. invet knocked down like that im getting up n hitting somebody.. idgaf!

  4. sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Wow, soccer players dive during fights, too. Unreal.

  5. quagmate - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    In an extraordinarily short clip – everything that needs to be fixed in soccer.

  6. ryanw822 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    typical mexican trash soccer player

    he’ll fit in well with the senior team

    • infa111ous - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Typical Mexican trash? Well seems that you failed to see who started the fight. The Irish player threw him down violently and he went for retaliation. Both players are accountable for the actions committed. Lets leave racist comments out of this discussion as all races have people they are not proud of.

  7. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    The guy he kicked wasn’t even the one who took him down.

  8. acieu - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Flopping. Stomping and biting….The Beautiful Game!!

  9. keytoarson - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    So many trolls today. Love the “soccer divers” argument from trolls that are assuredly basketball fans. Oh and baseball “brawls”? Watch out, they’re badass! trololol

  10. christophershearin - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    only just punishment is a lifetime banishment, there is no place in sports for this

  11. alivescribe - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Typical blame Mexican/Latinos for everything how about those irish sissys grow a pair and take some responsibility for their actions oh wait a minute their White so their allways innocent!

    • midtec2005 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Yup, it’s the Irish guys fault that he got kicked in the head.

      I wish I was as smart as you.

  12. mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    The player from Northern Ireland (Whiteside) throws the Mexican player down, quite intentionally. That should have been a red card. The Mexican player, understandably upset, sees an Irish player on the ground and clearly goes over with the intent to kick him. Also a red card offense, and quite stupid.

    Children in almost adult bodies.

  13. - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    FIFA needs to punish all of mexico with a 4 year ban from all events

  14. midtec2005 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    This kid should be banned from international competitions, for at least 5 years, maybe for life. Inexcusable.

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