Wednesday, March 18, 2009

FIFA Gives Marquez the Smackdown

If you watched the recent US-Mexico qualifier, you saw Mexico's Rafa Marquez do his best Chuck Norris impression in spiking US keeper Tim Howard. Marquez drew a straight red card, ensuring he would miss the next World Cup qualifier. Yesterday FIFA decided this blatent attempt to injure Howard was actually worthy of a two-match ban.

If Marquez acting like a big baby and playing hatchet man when losing against the US sounds vaguely familiar, it is. In the 2002 World Cup, Marquez was handed a four-match suspension for a flying headbutt on Cobi Jones in the waning minutes of a 2-0 defeat.

The fun part about this is that one of Mexico's assistant coaches also received a two-match ban for slapping Frankie Hejduk in the tunnel after the game.

For your viewing pleasure, I bring you a reply of Marquez's Mortal Kombat moment against Howard.

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