Atletico Madrid’s multiple moments of madness in their fiery Champions League clash against Man City raised eyebrows to say the least.
So much so that the Spanish team’s brutal behavior has now been compared to boxing legend Mike Tyson’s infamous ear biting.
All hell seemed to be breaking loose between Diego Simeone’s side and their Premier League opponents in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday night.
City ended up winning 1-0 on aggregate, booking their place in the semi-final against Atletico rivals Real Madrid after having to endure 180 minutes of grueling football and a particularly explosive ten-minute final.
Atleti defender Felipe saw red after a second foul on Phil Foden in the 91st minute, leading to a swarm of red on blue in which Stefan Savic appeared to head-butt Raheem Sterling.
City substitute Jack Grealish quickly got involved, with Savic proceeding to pull the hair of the former Aston Villa man.
As if the game’s conclusion wasn’t dramatic enough, footage from inside the tunnel then revealed that there were further pushing, shoving, and held-back players, leading to the arrival of the police to control the situation.
The European clash will undoubtedly go down as one of the fiercest exchanges in the competition, and talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has found the perfect way to sum up what happened.
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Asked by co-host Jim White if Atletico were a ‘stain on football’, Jordan said Atletico resorted to his behavior out of frustration – just like iconic boxer Mike Tyson did in his famous ear biting incident.
“At the end of the day, this is unacceptable behavior,” the White and Jordan host began.
“But I don’t think that makes it a stain on football. They can’t compete with Man City. If you look at both legs, they couldn’t compete.
“You could say it was a stain, but it was like Mike Tyson was fighting Evander Holyfield. He couldn’t compete with him, so he had to walk out of the ring biting his ear.
“This team couldn’t compete with Man City because over two legs City did some work on them.”
Coined “The Bite Fight”, Tyson was disqualified in his match against Holyfield in 1997 for biting off his opponent’s ear.
The heavyweight boxer was surprised by Holyfield as he won the first three rounds.
And as the tie intensified with a series of headers, Tyson saw red as he failed to take control of the fight – much like Atletico.
At least City’s ears remained unscathed on Wednesday…despite Luis Suarez’s presence on the pitch.
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