By Chris Wright
Last night’s World Cup qualifier between Ecuador and Argentina in Quito was a feisty old ding-dong, with the game finishing up at 1-1 with the visitors reduced to 10 men in the final few minutes when Javier Mascherano was sent-off for kicking out at the first aid cart driver while being ferried to the sidelines for treatment.
A bit of water appeared to be sprayed at Masch the Bash while he lay prostrate on the back of the cart prompting him to lash out at the driver who, it would appear, knew nothing about it…
Now there’s something you don’t see every day.
Mascherano issued an apology after the game, saying he was dreadfully embarrassed over his conduct and that he only kicked the cart driver because it was going too fast:
“One preaches non violence in our country and in this I was mistaken. My reaction was not justified. I feel ashamed. I don’t like to generate controversy.
“I am big enough to admit my mistakes. This embarrasses me. Saddens me.
“The stretcher buggy was going too fast and I was about to fall. I warned [the driver] and he ignored me, but what I did was not justified.”
Can’t help but notice you stopped some way short of actually saying sorry to the poor bloke there, Javier old bean.