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Belgian scuffles: Standard Liege player punches opponent after crunching tackle

Tempers flared in the Jupiler League this weekend, as Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez saw red for swinging a right hand at Leuven’s Bjorn Ruyinx.

Managers and coaches often call on their players to get stuck in, roll their sleeves up, and be willing to fight for the cause. Well, in Belgium this weekend, one guy took that a little too literally.

Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was sent off just before halftime during his team's Jupiler League match against OH Leuven, for retaliating after a leg-breaker of a challenge from Bjorn Ruyinx.

The Leuven forward went in hard, his foot stamping down on the midfielder’s ankle, who was left on the floor.

Seemingly pleased with his efforts, Ruyinx smirked away the protests from Standard players, before Carcela-Gonzalez struggled to his feet, and unleashed a right-handed punch.

Ruyinx went down like a sack of spuds, while Carcela-Gonzalez was shown a straight red, before being carried down the tunnel.

Maybe some down time in a sin-bin would have nipped this one in the bud, eh Platini?