Omar Mendoza (foto: Uradni Twitter profil kluba/zveze)
A shocking incident unfolded during the 62nd minute of a Mexican Apertura match between Querétaro and Atlas, leaving fans and players alike horrified.
Omar Mendoza, a player for the home team Querétaro, was shown a straight red card for inserting his finger into an opponent's anal opening during a one-on-one duel.
The match, which took place last night as part of the 5th round of the Mexican Apertura, ended in a 2:1 victory for the visiting team, Atlas. However, the game was overshadowed by Mendoza's appalling act. The incident was caught on camera and replayed multiple times as the referee consulted VAR footage.
The Atlas player involved in the incident immediately fell to the ground and lodged a complaint with the head referee. Initially, Mendoza appeared to think he would escape punishment. However, the fourth official advised the head referee to consult VAR, leading to Mendoza's expulsion from the game.
The incident has sent shockwaves through the soccer community, overshadowing all other aspects of the match. It is expected that Mendoza will face disciplinary action beyond the red card, although official statements from the Mexican Football Federation and both clubs are yet to be released.
In Mexico, where soccer is often described as "more than life," the incident has sparked a nationwide conversation about sportsmanship and player conduct. The act has been universally condemned, and it remains to be seen what further actions will be taken against Mendoza.