A horror challenge in the Honduran top flight has gone viral after it left two opponents injured.
The two-footed lunge by Marathon’s Andre Orellana came in the closing stages of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Liga Nacional leaders Olimpia.
The visitors had taken the lead just moments beforehand, and Orellana clearly allowed his frustration to get the better of him.
The defender went flying into a tackle with opponents Carlos Pineda and German Mejia, leaving the ground before clattering into the pair with his studs showing.
But perhaps the most shocking aspect of the incident was that Orellana is currently on loan at Marathon from Olimpia, and shared a dressing room with Pineda and Mejia last season.
Andre Orellana can be seen flying into a two-footed lunge in the closing stages of Marathon’s 1-0 defeat to Olimpia
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The referee was left with little option but to show the 21-year-old a red card, with the ferocity of the tackle undeniably dangerous.
Pineda and Mejia were left strewn on the turf as Orellana received his marching orders.
The commentators on Deportes TVC’s broadcast of the game were initially speechless before admonishing Orellana upon seeing a replay of the incident.
The defender clattered into both Carlos Pineda and German Mejia – who he played with for Olimpia last season – and completely missed the ball
The defender may now have some apologising to do when he return to his parent club at the end of the year.
Orellana told DIEZ: ‘The truth is I was wrong and I apologise to everyone, you are human and you learn from mistakes.
‘I think it was a play where the momentum and courage for the game overcame me, it is not correct at all. Germán Mejía told me that nothing was happening, that he loves me and that I was part of the game, that I should not lose my DNA and that I should continue working, that I have a lot to continue growing.
‘This is part of football, all that remains for me is to correct and know how to control each impulse. I have to know how to have a balance. I tell you that this will not happen again.’