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The referee for England’s World Cup opener against Iran sent off FIVE players in one game earlier this season

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THE REFEREE for England’s World Cup opener sent off FIVE players in one game earlier this season.

Raphael Claus officiated the clash between bitter Rio rivals Flamengo and Fluminense in Brazil’s top flight in September and the game lived up to his claim.

Raphael Claus will take over the game between England and Iran
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The Brazilian sent off five players in Flamengo against Fluminense in September[/caption]

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Claus is one of the Brazilian’s referees at the World Cup[/caption]

Claus showed Fluminense’s David Braz a yellow card after four minutes – and immediately a second when Braz continued to protest.

Fluminense took the lead just before half-time from a controversial penalty.

But the game really caught fire in the final 15 minutes as Fluminense took a two-goal lead only for the home side to claw back one.

In the 86th minute, Claus Flamengos showed Marinho a straight red for a foul and another Fluminenses manoel in retaliation – although it looked like badboy Felipe had knocked Melo Marinho down.

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Former Chelsea and Arsenal star David Luiz, now at Flamengo, faced off against Melo in the ensuing scuffles.

Then another brawl broke out in stoppage time and Claus was ordered by the VAR to look at the footage.

As a result, he sent off Fluminense’s Caio Paulista for headbutting Everton Ribeiro – who grabbed Paulista’s neck in response.

It was by far the most eventful of Claus’ 24 home games this season. He showed five red cards in the other 23 games and hopes for an easier afternoon on Monday.


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England meet Iran in tomorrow’s World Cup opener before taking on the USA and Wales.

The game starts at 1pm and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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