European Football: Maradona off as police halt melee

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The Independent Online
DIEGO MARADONA was sent off as Seville went down 3-0 in a tempestuous game in Tenerife yesterday, writes Rupert Metcalf.

All three Tenerife goals were scored by Argentinians: Juan Antonio Pizzi converted two penalties before being sent off early in the second half along with Maradona - both men departing for dissent after the second penalty. The police and the Seville coach, Carlos Bilardo, had to intervene to calm the combatants. Seville also lost Marcos de la Fuente, who went for receiving two yellow cards.

Oscar Dertycia stayed on the pitch and added the third goal in the 72nd minute to please Tenerife's coach, Jorge Valdano, a colleague of Maradona in the 1986 World Cup-winning side, which was coached by Bilardo.

Bebeto, Deportivo La Coruna's Brazilian striker, scored a hat- trick in a 3-0 home win over Espanol to keep his side one point ahead of Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league. The champions beat Celta Vigo 2-0 with goals from Miguel Nadal and Richard Witschge; they will take over as leaders if they beat Oviedo on Wednesday.