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Eight red cards in the midweek cup matches, including four for players and officials from lower ranked sides. Jaén's Dani Torres felt himself unlucky to be red-carded when a shot from Atlético's Diego Costa hit him on the arm as he lay on the ground inside the penalty area, and his team delegate also got his marching orders for his protests about the resulting penalty. Cacereño put up a good fight against Málaga before their keeper Vargas was sent off, and Melilla actually beat Levante despite having Carlos David sent down the tunnel for a second bookable offence with twenty minutes to go. Rayo keeper Dani Giménez also got his marching orders for handling outside of the area in the sixth minute of their tie at Las Palmas, and there were red cards too for Celta's Jonathan Vila, Valladolid's Sereno and Espanyol's Galan in the second halves of their respective cup ties.

Four more red cards at the weekend, including another two for coaching staff as referees and the disciplinary committee clamp down on bad behaviour. This time it was the turn of Valencia manager Pellegrino and his assistant Compagnucci, making it thirteen in all this season for the bosses, and there is now talk of an official protest from the managers' association for what they consider to be excessive strictness. Valencia's Ricardo Costa was also sent off in the match against Atlético after picking up a second caution late on, his second red card of the season, and Osasuna's Rubén was sent for an early bath as well in the game against Valladolid after he was shown a second yellow card with a quarter of an hour to go. All will be joined on the sidelines next weekend by Wakaso (Espanyol) and Demichelis and Camacho (both Málaga) after they picked up their fifth bookings of the season. (08.11.12)

(* suspension pending disciplinary meeting decision)

Villains Yellow cards Red cards (straight) Games banned Total points
Ricardo Costa (Valencia) 6 2 2* 10
Wakaso (Espanyol) 7 1 2* 10
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) 7 0 1 8
Puñal (Osasuna) 1 1 (1) 4 7
Feghouli (Valencia) 3 1 3 7
Alexis (Getafe) 3 1 (1) 2 7
Medel (Sevilla) 3 1 (1) 2 7
Mascherano (Barcelona) 5 1 1 7
Cabral (Celta) 5 1 1 7
Gurpegui (Athletic Bilbao) 6 0 1 7
Beñat (Betis) 6 0 1 7
Forlín (Espanyol) 6 0 1 7
Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol) 6 0 1 7
Botía (Sevilla) 6 0 1 7
Coentrao (Real Madrid) 0 1 (1) 4 6
Iriney (Granada) 3 1 (1) 1 6
Rubén (Rayo Vallecano) 3 1 (1) 1 6
Labaka (Rayo Vallecano) 3 1 (1) 1 6
Amorebieta (Athletic) 4 1 1 6
Navarro (Levante) 4 1 1 6
Manucho (Valladolid) 4 1 1 6