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18th Jun 2014

Vine: Alex Song sees red for an incredibly stupid elbow into Mario Mandzukic’s back

Ah Alex, what were you playing at?

Conor Heneghan

Ah Alex, what were you playing at?

Having lost their opening game to Mexico, Cameroon needed a big performance to get themselves back into contention for qualification from Group A, a task that became even harder when Ivica Olic put Croatia ahead early on.

In times like that, you expect your big players to step up to the plate, but instead of doing that, Alex Song left his team-mates with a near-impossible task after deciding to hit out at Mario Mandzukic with a stupid and completely needless elbow in the back off the ball.

Although it would have been a stupid thing to do regardless of where the ref was, doing it right in front of him was hardly the most intelligent thing to do and unsurprisingly, he was immediately given his marching orders.

What was he thinking?