Mexico-Northern Ireland match ends in donnybrook

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

A massive donnybrook ended an international fixture between Mexico and Northern Ireland at a tournament in Belfast Wednesday night.

The Milk Cup match was abandoned minutes before full-time following a second brawl between a pair of sides that produced a similar incident at the same tournament last year.

The first brouhaha broke out around the hour mark when all 22 players converged in the penalty area before the hosts could attempt a corner kick.

Pushing and shoving eventually led to multiple players being pushed to the surface, ending with Mexico’s Kevin Gutierrez lashing out with a violent kick to an Irish player’s head.

Stadium security eventually intervened before Mexico’s Raul Gudino and Carlos Arreola were ejected alongside Northern Ireland’s Robbie McDaid.

With the hosts leading 2-1 late, a second melee was ignited, forcing referee Tim Marshall to end the fixture.

Members from the Irish Football Association are asking for Mexico to be banned from the tournament, which Canada is also taking part in this year.

The Canadians beat Mexico 2-0 on Monday and drew China 1-1before Wednesday night’s events.

Canada was set to meet Northern Ireland on Friday night.


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