FORMER Manchester United ace Marcos Rojo has been handed a bizarre suspension in Argentina after being sent off for a horror challenge.

Boca Juniors captain Rojo, 32, took part in his team’s 1-0 victory over rivals River Plate at the Bombonera last week.

Boca Juniors captain Marcos Rojo was sent off against River Plate in the Superclasico


Boca Juniors captain Marcos Rojo was sent off against River Plate in the SuperclasicoCredit: AFP
Ex-Manchester United ace Marcos Rojo won't captain Boca Juniors for a month


Ex-Manchester United ace Marcos Rojo won’t captain Boca Juniors for a monthCredit: AP

However, the centre-back was sent off in the seventh minute of stoppage time, just a few seconds before full-time, after a dangerous tackle on Nicolas de la Cruz.

De la Cruz went for a header at the back and the Argentina international came at him with a high challenge that almost got him in the head.

The referee didn’t think twice as he showed the 32-year-old the red card and gave him his marching orders.

The Argentine FA then handed Rojo a one-match suspension, which didn’t allow him to play at Lanus on Thursday.

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But the powers that be didn’t stop there as they also issued a bizarre punishment that doesn’t allow him to wear the Boca armband for a month.

That means he probably won’t get to captain the Argentinean giants until October 12 when they take on Sarmiento.

The defender didn’t seem too upset after his red card as he claimed the Superclasico always “gets a little too much”.

Rojo said: “It doesn’t bother me. The classics are like that, gets a little too much.


“I made three fouls in the whole game, we didn’t make as many fouls, we made some tactical fouls, it’s not that we had an aggressive game or strange things.

“They played this way and everything was fine, they celebrated, and now that we did it a bit, it bothers us.

“We are calm with the things we did, how we faced the game and how we won it”.

Rojo joined United in 2014 from Sporting Lisbon after some impressive performances in the World Cup with Argentina, who made it to the final.

The Argentine spent seven years at Old Trafford but struggled to stand out, which is why he was also loaned out to Estudiantes in 2020.

The former Spartak Moscow ace amassed a total of two goals and four assists in 122 matches with the Red Devils.