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Edinson Cavani slapped with two-game international ban for horror tackle on Richarlison

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Edinson Cavani has been slapped with a two-game international ban for his horror tackle on Richarlison during Uruguay’s defeat by Brazil last November. 

The Manchester United striker has had to wait months to find out what punishment he would face and it was ruled that the nasty stamp warranted two games on the sidelines. 

In the 71st minute of the World Cup qualifier, Cavani chased Richarlison from behind and put his foot in to try and stab the ball free. 

Edinson Cavani was furious with the red card and he has now been banned for two games

Edinson Cavani was furious with the red card and he has now been banned for two games

Cavani was initially shown a yellow card after catching Richarlison with his studs

Cavani was initially shown a yellow card after catching Richarlison with his studs

It was then upgraded to a red card when the referee checked the pitchside monitor

It was then upgraded to a red card when the referee checked the pitchside monitor 

But he missed the ball completely and landed squarely on the Everton forward’s ankle. 

Initially the referee deemed the offence worthy of a yellow card but was advised by VAR to check again on the pitchside monitor. 

He was then given his marching orders and Uruguay fell to a 2-0 defeat at home against the Selecao. 

Cavani's tackle was dangerous enough to have broken his ankle, said Richarlison afterwards

Cavani’s tackle was dangerous enough to have broken his ankle, said Richarlison afterwards 

After the game Richarlison was asked about the tackle and said: ‘It was a ball dispute and of course he went over the top.

‘If my foot was planted there on the floor, maybe it could even have broken my ankle. 

‘But I don’t think he meant it. I think he went there to get the ball but missed and took my foot. It’s a normal game situation.’  

Richarlison himself landed in hot water for a reckless challenge of his own earlier in the season when he was sent off for a horrible lunge on Thiago during the Merseyside derby.  

The Cavani challenge happened exactly a month after Richarlison's horror tackle on Thiago

The Cavani challenge happened exactly a month after Richarlison’s horror tackle on Thiago

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