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Africa Cup of Nations: Ethiopia Keeper Sent off as He's Stretchered off (Video)

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Africa Cup of Nations: Ethiopia Keeper Sent off as He's Stretchered off (Video)
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Harald Schumacher, you've got company. Sort of.

His name is Jemal Tassew, and he's a 23-year-old keeper for Ethiopia this month at the Africa Cup of Nations. On Monday, during Ethiopia's 1-1 draw with defending champions Zambia (the fifth draw in six matches so far in the tournament), Tassew was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Zambia's Chisamba Lungu.

In the 32nd minute, Lungu burst free behind Ethiopia's defense thanks to Isaac Chansa's through pass. Tassew rushed out to meet him and planted a high boot directly in Lungu's torso.

After three minutes of writhing on the pitch, Tassew was carried off on a stretcher. But did that mean he avoided justice for his horrific challenge? Not even one bit.

As he was being stretchered off, Tassew received his marching orders from the referee, who seems to hold his card for the greatest dramatic effect.

Zambia later took the lead through Collins Mbesuma in first-half stoppage time before Ethiopia's Adane Grima bagged a 65th-minute equalizer.

The incident appears in the clip below and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Tuesday. If it looks a bit familiar, that's because you know your 1982 World Cup history.

In that tournament, West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher took out France's Patrick Battiston with a nasty, high challenge on the edge of the box. Battiston was seriously hurt, but Schumacher somehow escaped punishment.

Amazingly, Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw said he thought Tassew should have escaped punishment as well. From BBC Sport:

"The goalkeeper also has to defend," said Bishaw. "He went to defend the ball, and shouldn't have been red carded."

If you say so, coach.

 

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