Early Doors

Northern Ireland U20 star kicked in head as match abandoned in chaos

Early Doors

The Mexican FA have issued an apology to Northern Ireland after the disgraceful scenes which marred the U20 Milk Cup match between the two sides earlier this week.

With just a few minutes of the match remaining a mass brawl broke out which saw several punches thrown - and one horrendous incident in which a Mexican player aimed a brutal kick at the head of Northern Ireland's Dale Gorman, who had slipped onto the turf.

Gorman got to his feet to escape his attacker, ran away holding the back of his head, then collapsed to the ground once more and was given treatment by the team physio.

It was the second large-scale fight to break out during the match, with an earlier fracas having broken out just before the hour mark at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

Three Mexican players, Raul Monala Gudino, Carlos Arreola and Kevin Gutierrez, were sent off while Northern Ireland's Robbie McDaid was also dismissed during the course of the 90 minutes.

Referee Tim Marshall blew the whistle to end the match as soon as order was restored after the second fight, with Northern Ireland winning the tournament fixture 2-1.

"It was not nice. There were young kids here from around the world," Northern Ireland manager Stephen Craigan told the BBC, whose article contains the full video from the incident.

"They were here to watch a football match; they do not expect to see that. 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.

"It is not what the Milk Cup is all about. It is about people enjoying football and young kids expressing themselves, not that kind of violence."

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