·24 February 2023
·24 February 2023
Casemiro went viral when it all kicked off between Manchester United and Barcelona players during the second half of Thursday’s Europa League play-off round second leg at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes incensed Barcelona’s players when he kicked the ball hard into Frenkie de Jong’s midriff.
De Jong had just been fouled and was on the ground when Fernandes booted the ball at him from close range.
Fernandes was shown a yellow card by referee Clement Turpin for his actions, after a scuffle had broken out between the two sets of players.
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As things got heated, one player who most expected would be right in the thick of the action was surprisingly nowhere to be seen.
Where was Casemiro?
Well, it turns out that the Brazilian midfielder walked away from the ensuing melee, seemingly unable to trust himself not to get into trouble.
The former Real Madrid star, who was involved in his fair share of skirmishes with Barcelona’s players during his nine-year spell in Spain, wisely walked off - much to the amusement of fans.
There’s a first time for everything, eh?
Here's some fan footage showing Casemiro calmly walking off:
Casemiro has clearly learned his lesson after receiving a three-match ban during a similar team scuffle against Crystal Palace earlier this month.
Former Premier League star Gabby Agbonlahor said Casemiro was lucky not to have been arrested for grabbing Palace’s Will Hughes around the throat.
“Casemiro thought he was Brock Lesnar back in the UFC,” Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT. “The way he was strangling Will Hughes, he should be arrested for that. Kids are watching that later on, on Match of the Day. Seeing Casemiro strangling an opponent.
“This isn’t ice hockey in America where they have a scrap during the game. This is football, we don’t want to see that.
“So Casemiro needs to be disciplined by Manchester United.”
United boss Erik ten Hag conceded that Casemiro “crossed the line” on that particular occasion and the Dutchman must have been pleasantly surprised to see the Brazil international calmly walk away from Thursday night’s altercation.
Casemiro was booked later in the half for a cynical foul on Robert Lewandowski but it’s the South American and his United teammates who advance to the Europa League knockout stages thanks to a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Lewandowski opened the scoring at Old Trafford with a first-half penalty but goals from Casemiro’s compatriots Fred and Antony secured Man Utd’s place in Friday’s draw.
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