JOAO FELIX was sent off after being booked twice in 20 SECONDS against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

The Atletico Madrid forward, 21, had only come on as a second-half substitution.

But he lasted just 18 minutes on the pitch after lashing out at the referee.

Felix was first penalised for a seemingly innocuous challenge on Unai Vencedor – if anything Felix looked like he was being tugged back as he looked to get Atletico on the attack.

Ref José Montero judged Felix to have elbowed his opponent and the Portuguese reacted angrily to being given a yellow card.

He then shouted towards the ref – with some reports suggesting he used the word "crazy" – leading to a second yellow and a red card.

The youngster also pointed at his head to imply the referee had not been thinking straight.

He and his team-mates, led by Luis Suarez, then protested to the ref but his mind was made up and Felix departed the pitch.


Felix failed to make the impact Diego Simeone desired when he brought him on, but his side did secure a draw despite the man disadvantage.

The result means the champions still sit top of the La Liga table, though rivals Real Madrid have a chance to overtake them if they beat Valencia on Sunday.

Valencia are still unbeaten however, like the two Madrid sides, so top spot is still wide open at the moment.

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