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24/03/2008 07:09

Papers: Mad Mascherano

Dumbest man on the planet
Javier Mascherano became the dumbest man in the world after crazily provoking ref Steve Bennett to send him off for dissent. Liverpool's Argentine midfielder got his red card after 43 minutes - handing Manchester United a win which virtually assures them of the title. Mascherano was booked after just 10 minutes for a foul on Paul Scholes before repeatedly swearing at Bennett. But he seemed oblivious to the rumpus caused by Ashley Cole’s midweek show of dissent at Spurs as he angrily confronted Bennett and his linesmen six more times. The ref's patience finally ran out when Mascherano charged 20 yards to confront him for booking Fernando Torres. He showed the Liverpool player a second yellow card before brandishing the red card. But even then Mascherano could not keep his mouth shut. He refused to leave the pitch even though Reds boss Rafa Benitez pleaded with him to calm down. And he swore at Bennett again as team-mates Xabi Alonso and Fabio Aurelio tried to restrain him. The FA are likely to increase his automatic one-game ban and fine him heavily.
David Facey, The Sun

All the newspapers publish reaction to Mascherano's moment of madness as well as match reports on the Reds' excellent Easter win. There's also coverage of Chelsea's victory over Arsenal with post-match quotes from Didier Drogba - "This result has given us belief that we are in the race with United. We have to believe that we can go on and win the title." ('Hot Drog warns United', The Sun)

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