Rafael Marquez was sent off for a violent challenge in Club Leon’s 1-1 draw with Bolivar on Tuesday which saw the Mexican side eliminated from the Copa Libertadores on the away goals rule.
The former Barcelona star was dismissed for recklessly booting an opponent in the back in the 77thminute as Leon was pressing for a winning goal. Marquez has a notoriously poor disciplinary record and has now received 13 red cards throughout his professional career.
“Once again I made a mistake and I’ve lost the battle against my own despair, I accept the consequences and above all the criticism,” Marquez tweeted after the game. “I apologize to the fans and my team, I can only get back up and learn from this setback that life has thrown at me, so that this definitely does not happen again,” the Leon captain added.
Franco Arizala had given Leon hope when he put his side ahead with a header from the center of the penalty area in the sixth minute, only for Ronald Eguino to equalize for the hosts in the 36th minute.
The round-of-16 tie finished 3-3 on aggregate with the Bolivian side progressing to the quarter finals courtesy of its two away goals from the first leg.
Santos Laguna is now the only Mexican team left in the Copa Libertadores. The Torreon side trails Argentina’s Lanus 2-1 ahead of the second leg which takes place tonight at the Estadio Corona.