Former Manchester Utd ace Marcos Rojo is bizarrely BANNED from captaining Boca Juniors for a month by Argentina FA after he was sent off for kicking an opposition player in the HEAD against arch rivals River Plate
- Marcos Rojo is banned from captaining Boca Juniors by Argentine FA for a month
- The defender is punished following horror tackle in win over River Plate
- Former Man Utd star was shown red after a high boot to the head in injury time
Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been handed an unusual punishment from the Argentine FA following his horror tackle last weekend.
The Boca Juniors skipper was shown his marching orders at the end of his side’s 1-0 win over fierce rivals River Plate last Sunday at the Bombonera.
In the seventh minute of stoppage time – and just seconds before the end of the game – the 32-year-old launched into a high tackle on Nicolas de la Cruz with a challenge so high, it almost took the Uruguayan’s head off.
Marcos Rojo launches into Nicolas de la Cruz with a high boot that saw him shown a red card
The defender saw red with 30 seconds of stoppage time remaining for a high-studded tackle
Rojo was subsequently given a one-match suspension, but has since been hit with further punishment by the Argentina FA. Bizarrely ruling that the defender isn’t allowed to wear the captain’s armband at Boca for a month.
It mean’s Rojo won’t be able to captain the side again until the October 12 meeting with Sarmiento.
Speaking about the incident, the Argentinian didn’t seem to disheartened about the ban, and said things always tend to go a little too far during the Superclasico games.
Rojo has now been banned by the Argentine FA from captaining his side for the next month
He said: ‘It doesn’t bother me. The classics are like that, gets a little too much.
‘I made three fouls in the whole game, we didn’t make as many fouls, we made some tactical fouls, it’s not that we had an aggressive game or strange things.
‘They played this way and everything was fine, they celebrated, and now that we did it a bit, it bothers us.
‘We are calm with the things we did, how we faced the game and how we won it’.
Rojo spent seven years with Manchester United before joining Boca Juniors in 2021
Rojo moved to Boca Juniors in 2021 following a seven-year spell in the Premier League with Manchester United.
During his time at Old Trafford he played 122 games for the Red Devils, scoring two goals, and was part of the United squad that won the FA Cup in 2016 and then the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League a year later under Jose Mourinho.
He was loaned out to Estudiantes in 2020, before making a permanent move back to Argentina last year.
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