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.