Betis v Braga pre-season clash descends into chaos

News By: Ambrose Udeme | 19/07/2018

A pre-season friendly involving Spanish side Real Betis and Portuguese outfit Sporting Braga descended into chaos as three players and a host of technical staff were shown red cards, with the Portuguese side even coming close to withdrawing themselves from the game.

The game, which finished 1-1, saw VAR being trialled and it did not take too long before a decision was made with the help of the technology, which sparked scenes of outrage. Braga defender Bruno Viana had been booked in the 14th minute before bringing down Junior Firpo just before halftime.

Spanish referee Gil Manzano then reprimanded the player, but a mistake in his notes meant he did not realise it was someone who had previously been issued with a card.His attention was brought to his mistake, which prompted him to then dismiss the player.

The decision caused an outburst of rage from their technical area, with their coach and several assistants then being sent off for their seemingly baseless complaints. Until this point, the game was played like any other pre-season duel.

Betis then dominated Cristian Tello scored in the 59th minute to cancel out Paulinho's 37th-minute opener. In the last 10 minutes, Joao Novais lashed out unprovoked and was given his marching orders, which in turn resulted in further outrage on Braga's part, with the Portuguese side threatening to pull out of the game.

The drama had not finished yet though and Ricardo Horta talked himself into his own red card after aggressively protesting against Gil's officiating, leaving Braga to finish the game with eight players on the pitch.