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At the annual Milk Cup - Youth soccer tournament held in Northern Ireland every year - The host nation and Mexico U-20 squads faced off. During the second half following an Ireland corner kick some pushing and shoving took place which lead to punches and kicks.
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At the annual Milk Cup Youth soccer tournament held in Northern Ireland , the host nation and the Mexican U-20 squads faced off at the Showgrounds in Coleraine.

During the second half following a Northern Ireland corner kick, some pushing and shoving took place inside the penalty box. It soon degenerated into a free for all with fists swinging.

Kevin Gutierrez may not have done much memorable in his young career before tonight but his violent right foot haymaker on Letterkenny Rovers midfelder Dale Gorman, a grounded defenseless opponent  will be a youtube staple for many years to come.

Gutierrez was floored by a punch from a Irish forward Robbie McDaid who plays at Leeds United and sent to the ground. Unhurt, he leapt up immediately and went looking for revenge.

He took out all of his frustration on Gorman, a prostrate Northern Ireland player by kicking him viciously in the head.  Referee Marshall was so close to the grounded player, he may have even been in contact.

Raul Gudiño, Carlos Arreola and Gutierrez  from Mexico and Northern Ireland's Robbie McDaid were sent off. 

Mexico lost the match 1-2 after taking the lead through  Victor Guzman in the 52nd minute. Mikhail Kennedy and Sean Mullan scored late goals for Northern Ireland to secure the win.

Northern Irish coach Stephen Craigan clearly implied who he thought was at fault by pointing at the Mexicans' previous behavior:

"Mexico did it last year - they had a man sent off for punching. They have a history of it. I have to be careful what I say, but I would like to think Mexico will not be back at the Milk Cup."

Line Ups

Mexico: Gudino, Vazquez (Gutierrez, 85 mins), Gonzalez, Guzman, Ramirez, Almeida (Martinez, 52), Arreola, Suarez, Ochoa (Aguirre, 65), Macorro (Resendez, 62), Cruz (Bernal, 63 mins). Subs: Rodriguez, Pineda.

Northern Ireland: Mitchell, Doherty, Harney, Lowe (Hanna, 62 mins), Smart, Ives, McCawl (Mullan, 72), Gorman (Kennedy, 62), McEneff, McDaid, McDonagh (Fallon, 86). Subs: Johns, Gray

Referee: Tim Marshall


A statement published in the competition's website confirms that Mexico players Carlos Arreola, Raul Gudiño, Kevin Gutierrez and Northern Ireland's Robbie McDaid have been suspended from the tournament. 

Here's the full publication:

After last evening’s disgraceful scenes at Coleraine Showgrounds in the game between Northern Ireland v Mexico, the Organising Committee of the Dale Farm Milk Cup have suspended Mexico players Carlos Alberto Arreola, Raul Manolo Gudino, and Kevin Rusel Gutierrez and Northern Ireland’s Robbie McDaid from taking any further part in the Tournament.

The Mexican FA and Irish Football Association will be informed of the behaviour of their Under 20 teams in what turned out to be a poor advertisement for soccer.

We would ask all teams to remember that they should be ambassadors for the game, their club and their country and appeal that they examine their behaviour and strive towards fulfilling the good intentions laid down in FIFA Fair Play.

After a further meeting of the disciplinary committee of the Dale Farm Milk Cup the following decisions have been made:

In addition to the automatic 1 match suspension

Carlos Alberto Arreola and Kevin Rusel Gutierrez both Mexico have been suspended for an additional 3 games

Raul Manolo Gudino (Mexico) and Robbie McDaid (Northern Ireland) have been suspended for an additional 1 game.

These suspensions to be served in games for which they may be eligible in forthcoming matches played under the auspices of the Northern Ireland International Youth Football Tournament.

Notification of these decisions, as well as the referee's report have been forwarded to the Mexican Football Association and the Irish Football Association.

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