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

11:50 GMT 03/01/2023
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.

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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.