Thomas Müller once described Atlético de Madrid as « the biggest bully in European (Site notre bureau spécialisé) » during a match. If the Bavarian space interpreter were to take a peek at South America, even the quick-witted himself would be speechless.
Because when Peruvian Premier League side Universitario de Deportes step onto the pitch, things almost always get really crazy. In 31 competitive games this year, an incredible 33 red cards have been handed out when the Lima club were involved.
17 of them even go directly to the account of Universitario professionals. Just three weeks ago there were chasing scenes and a mass brawl during a Copa Sudamericana group game.
In yesterday’s loss in the second leg of the round of 32 against São Paulo Corinthians, there were still some serious punches. In the field and also in the cabin wing. Players, coaches and trainers from both teams had to be separated by local police.
With all the emotion and passion of sport. The frequency of these incidents is extremely worrying. After all, the team’s coffers should be full with so many individual penalties.