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JAVIER MASCHERANO became the dumbest man in the world after crazily provoking ref Steve Bennett to send him off for dissent.

Liverpool’s Argentine midfielder got his red card after 43 minutes — handing Manchester United a win which virtually assures them of the title.

Mascherano was booked after just 10 minutes for a foul on Paul Scholes before repeatedly telling Bennett to (deleted).

But he seemed oblivious to the rumpus caused by Ashley Cole’s midweek show of dissent at Spurs as he angrily confronted Bennett and his linesmen SIX more times.

The ref’s patience finally ran out when Mascherano charged 20 YARDS to confront him for booking Fernando Torres.

He showed the Liverpool player a second yellow card before brandishing the red card. But even then Mascherano could not keep his mouth shut.

He refused to leave the pitch even though Reds boss Rafa Benitez pleaded with him to calm down.

And he swore at Bennett again as team-mates Xabi Alonso and Fabio Aurelio tried to restrain him.

The FA are likely to increase his automatic one-game ban and fine him heavily.

Amazingly, Kop boss Rafa Benitez insisted: “The player told me he was asking what happened and to get sent off for that made him really, really surprised.”

United boss Alex Ferguson said: “He has been booked and he kept badgering the referee.

“You talk about dissent and I think that was dissent.”


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Xabi Alonso tried to stop him but he was big headed......
Served your self Mascherano.....
 
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Dumb and even dumber

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JAVIER MASCHERANO has ignored the furious outcry
over his senseless red card against Manchester United
by insisting he did nothing wrong.

It seemed like the man dubbed the dumbest man on
the planet got even dumber as he claimed he was not
in ref Steve Bennett's face.

Liverpool's Argentinian midfielder insisted: ?I do not
know why I was sent off. I asked the referee what
was happening.

"I did not swear, I was not aggressive and I did not
confront him. All I did was ask him what was happening,
nothing else.

"So when he showed me the second yellow card and
sent me off I could not believe it.

?I am sorry to my team-mates because that meant we
went down to 10 men and that made things even more
difficult for us.?

Mascherano received his second yellow card for dissent,
just four days after the game was in uproar over Ashley
Cole's decision to turn his back on ref Mike Riley.

The Argentinian also refused to leave the field in the 3-0
defeat against United — his seventh act of contempt towards
the officials — and an FA source confirmed he will almost
certainly face a charge of improper conduct.

Because of the Bank Holiday, Bennett's report will not be
studied by disciplinary bosses until today. But it is expected
to confirm the sending off was for ?consistent dissent?.

The case will be fast-tracked because of the publicity the
incident attracted and Mascherano can expect his automatic
one-match ban to be increased to three games.

The only bright spot for Liverpool is that his suspension will a
pply only to domestic games, so he will not be ruled out of the
Champions League quarter-final ties with Arsenal next month.

But he will miss Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield as well
as the Premier League clash with Arsenal on April 5 and the
home match against Blackburn eight days later.

Boss Rafa Benitez also defended Mascherano and tried to
deflect criticism by suggesting Bennett had not offered star
striker Fernando Torres enough protection.

Benitez claimed Torres received some rough treatment from
Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and he took him off with
nine minutes to play.

He said: ?Fernando has some knocks on his ribs and ankle.
A lot of knocks and a lot of kicks. I was just trying to protect
him. The doctors will do a scan on him.?

Mascherano received no sympathy from players' chief Gordon
Taylor, who believes the time has now come for an exclusion
zone to be placed around officials.

Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association,
said: ?In the last week there has been a big campaign against
dissent and respect for referees and I have made it clear referees
should be a no-go area.

?It is time managers and players did accept a responsibility
because what happens at the top level happens lower down.?

The FA launched its ‘Respect' campaign last week to try to stamp
out dissent and Taylor said they have to crank up those efforts.

He added: ?We have regular meetings with referees and the FA.

?When there are patterns developing like this then we need to
take action. It can be done with sanctions and an educational
process. In spite of last week's campaign the message has not
got through, so it has to come out louder and clearer.?
 

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The only bright spot for Liverpool is that his suspension will a
pply only to domestic games, so he will not be ruled out of the
Champions League quarter-final ties with Arsenal next month.

But he will miss Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield as well
as the Premier League clash with Arsenal on April 5 and the
home match against Blackburn eight days later.


Muahaha... I hope Arsenal and Everton beat Liverpool in the league. I hope Arsenal draw and Everton win. That'd be perrrrfect...
 

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Keano4taoiseach said:
Mascherano was stupid, probably overawed by our play and frustrated.
he was pissed off with how Torres was being treated but when you approach a rf in the manner he did on a yellow your lookin for trouble!!

Its such a waste of a red card im a roy keane type, if your goin to get a red take some1 with you!!!
 
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