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Galician rivals Celta and Deportivo both felt themselves hard done by on Saturday when they had players sent off just when things were going their way. Celta's defender-turned-midfielder Cabral (just returning from a one match ban) was the first to go for a rigorous second yellow card at the start of the second half at Rayo Vallecano, and after that a two goal lead turned in to a 3-2 defeat. And later in the day something similar happed to Depor at Zaragoza when they were also two goals up, Pizzi being given a second booking soon after the restart for what the referee considered to be a dive in the area, and in their case they lost the match 5-3. Incidentally, Rayo's match delegate was also sent to the stands late on by referee Alvarez Izquierdo for failing to control the ballboys! It seems that once their side were winning they stopped doing their job. However Alvarez was given a rap on the knuckles himself by the disciplinary committee, as he didn't warn the delegate first.

Two more red cards on Sunday, with Valencia's Cissokho sent down the tunnel after giving away a penalty on Valladolid's Omar Ramos (probably more of a dive than Pizzi's?), and Athletic's Ander Herrera picking up his second red card of the season, this time for a second bookable offence against Sevilla. All will be joined on the sidelines next weekend by another six players who were shown their fifth yellow cards of the season, De Marcos (Athletic), Busquets (Barcelona), Stuani (Espanyol), Armenteros (Osasuna), and Abraham and Sapunaru, Zaragoza's two full backs. The Maños will have to find replacements for them for a tricky visit to the Nou Camp on Saturday. (14.11.12)

(* suspension pending disciplinary meeting decision)

Villains Yellow cards Red cards (straight) Games banned Total points
Cabral (Celta) 7 2 2* 11
Ricardo Costa (Valencia) 6 2 2 10
Wakaso (Espanyol) 7 1 2 10
Ander Herrera (Athletic) 2 2 (1) 3* 8
Alexis (Getafe) 4 1 (1) 2 8
Medel (Sevilla) 4 1 (1) 2 8
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) 7 0 1 8
Puñal (Osasuna) 1 1 (1) 4 7
Feghouli (Valencia) 3 1 3 7
Mascherano (Barcelona) 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
Ballesteros (Levante) 6 0 1 7
Damìa (Osasuna) 6 0 1 7
Jordi Amat (Rayo Vallecano) 6 0 1 7
Botía (Sevilla) 6 0 1 7
Sapunaru (Zaragoza) 6 0 1* 7