What is the maximum number of red cards a club has received in a single game? Please include any relevant match/ player details.


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A quick Google search gave me this story published by Independent in 2011 where a referee expelled all players, substitutes and coaches included, of both teams. That meant each club received 18 red cards.

A referee has set a record by showing 36 red cards in a single game, dismissing all the players, substitutes and coaches.

The crazy scenes occurred in the fifth tier of Argentinean football between rival teams Claypole and Victoriano Arenas.

With two players already dismissed in the first half, the second descended into chaos when players went lunging into tackles and there were repeated stand-offs between them. It boiled over when a mass brawl erupted that saw the managers and coaches enter the pitch with their fists flying. Some fans were also seen joining in.

Referee Damian Rubino would later file his match report, in which he saw fit to serve every player with a red card, along with a further 14 people, a mixture of subs and coaches.


There is another game with 36 red cards.

(Mass brawl leads to referee brandishing 36 red cards in one match)

A referee in South America has achieved the remarkable feat of sending off more people than there are players on a pitch when he brandished 36 red cards in a junior league match.

The match in Paraguay between Teniente Farina and Libertad took a turn for the worse when referee Nestor Guillen dismissed two players in the dying minutes of the match. The pair ignored the referee and continued their feud on the pitch.

Within moments, players from both sides became involved in a mass brawl in which flying kicks and punches were thrown.

The referee and his fellow officials, rather than trying to break up the melee, instead fled the scene.

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