3 penalties, 2 red cards, and 1 mass brawl at Russian football match (VIDEO)

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After having a rare three penalties awarded against them at home, footballers at second-tier Russian club FC Sibir and their guests from Torpedo Armavir, collectively lost their temper, provoking a brawl which referees could do nothing to bring under control.

Promotion-chasing FC Sibir were thought to have secured a solid 2-1 victory against relegation-zone Torpedo Armavir, when the referee awarded the guests a third penalty just two minutes before the end of normal time. To loud boos and whistles from the sparse Novosibirsk crowd, and with blue-clad Sibir players clutching their heads, Torpedo converted their penalty – having missed the previous one – and leveled the score.

The players returned to the center circle, but within seconds a clip by a Sibir player resulted in a Torpedo footballer aggressively pushing him to the ground. As his Sibir teammates stepped up to defend him, a free-for-all broke out.

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Although the camera was not able to capture all of the participants, in one moment a Sibir player can be seen trying to mount a much taller Torpedo adversary from a running start. In another, a footballer in white runs in, lands a kick, and scoots away, only to be caught by right hooks from two other players, standing in a full boxing stance. All the while, the slightly-built referee, Igor Nizovtsev, attempts to separate the teams, aided by his assistants and several peacemakers on both sides.

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The sides finally separated, although not before Sibir coaches gave Nizovtsev an earful, and the referees huddled together for a lengthy consultation and dished two red cards. As a result, one Sibir player, and two white-kitted Torpedo players – including one who wasn’t even on the field when the fight started – were removed from the pitch.

The final 2-2 result satisfied neither Sibir, nor Torpedo, which is managed by the highly-paid former Russian football legend Valeri Karpin. Further suspensions are likely to be announced, based on a video review.

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