Retro Thuggery: Velez Sarsfield Keeper Gaston Sessa Plants Studs In Rodrigo Palacio’s Face, Can’t Fathom Why He’s Been Sent Off, 2007 (Video)

Chris Wright

29th, March 2017

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In the grandest tradition of South American goalkeepers, former Velez Sarsfield stopper Gaston Sessa was laced with just a soupçon of thinly-concealed lunacy.

On a related note, he’s also the man responsible for one of the worst fouls ever seen on a football pitch, having once almost reduced Rodrigo Palacio’s face to a plate of blood-spattered mince.

Velez were trailing against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera in the first leg of a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie in May 2007.

Charged with simply collecting an over-hit through-ball, Sessa leapt to pluck the bouncing ball from the air.

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However, with Palacio closing in, instead of raising the customary knee to brace for impact, Sessa instead attempted to surgically remove one of the Boca striker’s eyeballs with his flailing studs.

A penalty was immediately given and Sessa was shown a straight red card – not that the Velez ‘keeper could even begin to comprehend why…

Dreadful. Utterly dreadful.

As it happens, Martin Palermo skied the resultant spot-kick, though Palacio did eventually return to the fray as Boca ran out 3-0 winners.

Unsurprisingly, Sessa’s random act of unprovoked malice has since gone down in Argentinian footballing folklore, briefly earning him the nickname ‘Butcher’ during the ensuing media outcry.

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  1. Jeremia says:

    If Sessa played handball in his youth (no idea if he did, not keen enough to find out) this wouldn’t be malicious at all, it’s a standard (and weirdly, legal) practice for keepers there.

  2. James Taylor says:

    In Sessa’s defence his actions are probably the most appropriate response to Palacio’s ludicrous braided rat-tail that to this day protrudes from the back of his head.

  3. argie bargie says:

    Palermo skied the penalty haha, he was the guy who missed 3 pens in one game why did they ever let him take it

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