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Y9’s Brennan consoles Aparicio after historic 1st CPL red card
Canadian Premier League

Not all moments in history are equally glorious.

Case in point? York9 FC midfield ace Manny Aparicio made the Canadian Premier League record books, becoming the first player ever booked in league history with his yellow card-worthy challenge at the hour mark on Forge FC’s Tristan Borges.

While it’s not the moment Aparicio was probably dreaming of … history is still history, right?

Unfortunately for the diminutive Argentine-Canadian attacker, the day was marred by a late repeat offence, which drew a second yellow card out of the pocket of referee Dave Gantar … and, subsequently, the first red card in CPL history.

As a result, Aparicio will be unavailable when York9 FC takes on Cavalry FC at Spruce Meadows on May 4, with Y9 head coach Jimmy Brennan telling reporters after the match that his No. 10 was “quite emotional” after the match.

“He felt he let the team down,” Brennan said of Aparicio. “I know what he was trying to do, he was trying to cause a professional foul there, they were about to break. Maybe should’ve used his head rather than his hands, but it got to him.

“In the dressing room he was very very emotional, but it’s a part of the game. It’s a reaction that he did, and after that you think and go, maybe I shouldn’t have done that, maybe I should’ve pulled his shorts, or his leg or something. I know what he was trying to do, I can’t get mad at him.

“I thought Manny was great today, he was all over the park, he had good work ethic, I can’t fault him. A little mistake, a quick reaction let him down a bit.”


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