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Arsenal loanee Tavares ‘lost his mind’ in red card scuffle as Marseille line up ‘good fine’

10:50 pm AEDT 3/1/23
Nuno Tavares Marseille 2022-23
Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares has been accused of “losing his mind” during a red card scuffle for Marseille that is set to land him a “good fine”.
  • Defender left Emirates Stadium last summer
  • Has impressed during time in France
  • Dismissed during latest Ligue 1 appearance

WHAT HAPPENED? The Portuguese full-back, who completed a season-long switch to France in the summer of 2022, was given his marching orders after clashing with Montpellier defender Arnaud Souquet three minutes from the end of a game in which he had fired Marseille in front. Tavares was dismissed after a VAR review saw an initial yellow card upgraded to a red, with his horror tackle sparking a mass brawl that involved players from both sides and left the 22-year-old’s current boss wondering why such an incident was allowed to play out.

WHAT THEY SAID: Marseille coach Igor Tudor has said of Tavares’ reckless rush of blood: “He lost his mind and will get a good fine. These are things that happen, of course. He will learn a lesson for the future.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Tavares, who has generally impressed since forcing his way through the exits at Arsenal, could now be stung with a three-match ban for violent conduct that would see him sit out upcoming fixtures against Troyes, Lorient and Monaco.


WHAT NEXT? It remains to be seen what the future will hold for Tavares, with the promising defender having expressed a desire to remain in France after struggling to prove his worth at Arsenal on the back of a 2021 transfer from Benfica.