Ex-Middlesbrough and Fulham defender sent off for disgusting incident in Paraguay derby fixture

Former Middlesbrough and Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta was sent off for biting an opponent during a match in Paraguay on Sunday.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 10:42 am
Defender Fernando Amorebieta made 21 appearances for Middlesbrough during two separate loan spells.
Defender Fernando Amorebieta made 21 appearances for Middlesbrough during two separate loan spells.

The 34-year-old centre-back, who made 21 appearances for Boro during two separate loan spells, signed for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno earlier this year after spells in Argentina and Spain.

Amorebieta was dismissed in the 82nd minute of a derby match against rivals Olympia de Asuncion when the defender bit opposing player Nestor Camacho in the head.

Camacho was also sent off after replays appeared to show him throwing an elbow at Amorebieta.

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Before joining Boro, the Venezuelan defender made 48 appearances for Fulham and played in the Premier League.

Punishments for biting opponents are often lengthy ones. Amorebieta was on the receiving end of a similar incident when he was at Boro which saw then-Leeds striker Souleymane Doukara receive an eight-match ban.