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Six red cards this weekend, with two coming in controversial circumstances after Valencia were awarded a late penalty against Espanyol by referee Del Cerro Grande. The incident came when Héctor Moreno blocked Barragán's cross with a sliding tackle, the linesman informing Del Cerro that the ball had hit the Mexican defender on the arm. Although the incident took place on the blind side of the cameras (at least the ones we saw), the Espanyol players were fully convinced that there was no hand ball, and surrounded the referee in protest. That earned red cards for Moreno for telling the ref he was mad, and for Sergio García for telling him he was a "sinverguenza" (literally translated, shameless, a serious insult for the proud Spanish!). The disciplinary committee threw the book at them both, with a two match ban for Moreno and four for García. Espanyol will appeal however, and expect to see a few white handkerchiefs in Cornellà next weekend!

The other four red cards were all for second bookable offences, with Levante's Pedro López and Depor keeper Aranzubia both sent down the tunnel in their Sunday mid-day game, and Atlético's Mario Suárez and Betis's Rubén Pérez both getting their marching orders later in the evening in their respective matches against Granada and Sevilla. All will receive a one match ban next weekend, as will six other players who received their fifth bookings of the season, Aduríz (Athletic), Casado and Gálvez (both Rayo), Medel (Sevilla), and Soldado and Víctor Ruíz (both Valencia). (21.11.12)

(* suspension pending disciplinary meeting decision)

Villains Yellow cards Red cards (straight) Games banned Total points
Cabral (Celta) 7 2 2 11
Wakaso (Espanyol) 8 1 2 11
Medel (Sevilla) 5 1 (1) 3* 10
Ricardo Costa (Valencia) 6 2 2 10
Ander Herrera (Athletic) 2 2 (1) 3 8
Alexis (Getafe) 4 1 (1) 2 8
Gurpegui (Athletic Bilbao) 7 0 1 8
Forlín (Espanyol) 7 0 1 8
Damìa (Osasuna) 7 0 1 8
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) 7 0 1 8
Puñal (Osasuna) 1 1 (1) 4 7
Feghouli (Valencia) 3 1 3 7
Moreno (Espanyol) 3 1 (1) 2* 7
Iriney (Granada) 4 1 (1) 1 7
Mario Suárez (Atlético) 5 1 1* 7
Mascherano (Barcelona) 5 1 1 7
Arribas (Osasuna) 5 1 1 7
Beñat (Betis) 6 0 1 7
Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol) 6 0 1 7
Ballesteros (Levante) 6 0 1 7
Gálvez (Rayo Vallecano) 6 0 1* 7
Jordi Amat (Rayo Vallecano) 6 0 1 7
Botía (Sevilla) 6 0 1 7
Víctor Ruíz (Valencia) 6 0 1* 7
Sapunaru (Zaragoza) 6 0 1 7