Mexico defender Gallardo picks up the fastest red card in World Cup history


Mexico defender Jesus Gallardo has received what FIFA is calling the fastest yellow card in World Cup history on Wednesday.

Gallardo was booked for a hard tackle just 13 seconds into Wednesday’s match against Sweden. The record for the fastest red card still belongs to Uruguay’s Jose Batista, who was sent off in the first minute against Scotland in 1986.

Referee Nestor Pitana showed no hesitation in bringing the card out of his pocket, which immediately put Mexico under pressure as they attempted to lock up top spot in the pool.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s side needed just a point against Sweden to qualify for the last 16 and win the group.

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