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World Cup referee dishes out 10 red cards as Boca Juniors match turns into chaos

World Cup referee Facundo Tello dished out a staggering 10 red cards as Argentina's Community Shield descended into chaos.

Tello, who's set to officiate in Qatar later this month, took charge as league and cup winners Boca Juniors faced league runners-up Racing Club, who'd beat defeated cup finalists Tigre in a play-off, in the 'Trophy of Champions' on Sunday (November 6).

The match was heading for extra time with the score 1-1 when Boca were denied a stoppage-time penalty, with their midfielder Sebastian Villa Cano getting into a scrap with Racing forward Johan Carbonero. Both were sent off, as too was Boca's interim manager Hugo Ibarra.

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It got worse for the champions in extra time as Alan Valera received his second yellow before Carlos Jonas Alcaraz scored a winner for Racing in the 118th minute.

The young midfielder's celebration in front of the Boca fans led their players to confront him, grabbing at his ear and throwing the ball at him.

Alcaraz was sent off and so was his team-mate Jonathan Galvan, who wasn't even on the pitch, taking their red card tally to three overall.

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Boca were shown an additional five red cards, with Luis Advincula and Dario Benedetto given their marching orders, Carlos Zambrano and Diego Gonzalez dismissed on the touchline, and Frank Fabra getting his second yellow.

It seems the game was then abandoned as Boca had less than seven players on the pitch, the minimum amount a team can have.

Tello will be grateful of a two-week break now before the World Cup kicks off. He's one of six South American officials who have been selected for the tournament.

According to the Daily Mail, Tello has dished out 612 yellow cards and 45 reds during his 118 matches in Argentina’s Primera Division. Having been officiating in the top flight since 2013, he was inducted into FIFA's roster of international referees in 2019.

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