36 red cards shown in one game

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ARGENTINA: A referee set a soccer record – by flashing 36 red cards in one game.

Fuming official Damian Rubino sent off all 22 players PLUS their substitutes and technical staff as a mass brawl erupted.

Last night the shaken boss of one of the teams told how he begged police to lock raging opposition players in their dressing room.

Rival Argentinian team Claypole – who beat his side Victoriano Arenas 2-0 – accused the referee of overreacting to the bust-up in Buenos Aires.

Manager Sergio Micieli said: "Most players were trying to separate people. The ref was confused."

The world record was previously held by a 1993 game in Paraguay that saw 20 players sent off.

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