Battle of Santiago

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1962 FIFA World Cup
Group 2
Batalla de Santiago.jpg
Italy's Giorgio Ferrini is removed from the pitch by Carabiniers of Chile policemen
Date 2 June 1962
Venue Estadio Nacional, Santiago de Chile
Referee Ken Aston (England)
Attendance 66,057

The Battle of Santiago (Italian: Battaglia di Santiago, Spanish: Batalla de Santiago) is the name given to a particularly unsavoury and infamous football match during the 1962 FIFA World Cup. It was a game played between host Chile and Italy on 2 June 1962 in Santiago.[1] The referee was Ken Aston, who later went on to invent yellow and red cards.[2]


In this Group 2 clash, already heightened tensions between the two football teams were exacerbated by the description of Santiago in crude terms by two Italian journalists.[1] Chile's organization and preparation of the tournament had been severely disrupted by the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in human history. Italian articles were used and magnified by local newspapers to inflame the Chilean population. The journalists, Antonio Ghirelli and Corrado Pizzinelli, had to leave the country before the World Cup fearing for their own safety: a few days before the match an Argentinian journalist, mistaken for an Italian, was beaten up in a bar in Santiago.

The first foul occurred within 12 seconds of the kick-off.[1] Italy's Giorgio Ferrini was sent off in the twelfth minute after a foul on Honorino Landa, but refused to leave the pitch and had to be dragged off by policemen. Landa retaliated with a punch few minutes later, but he was not sent off.

English referee Ken Aston overlooked a punch by Chilean Leonel Sánchez to Italian Mario David, which had come in retaliation for being fouled seconds earlier. When David kicked Sanchez in the head a few minutes later, he was sent off.

In the violence that continued, Sanchez broke Humberto Maschio's nose with a left hook, but Aston did not send him off. The two teams engaged in scuffles and spitting, and police had to intervene three more times. Chile won the match 2–0 (74' Ramírez; 88' Toro).

When highlights from the match were shown on British television a couple of days later (not the same night, because film of matches still had to be flown back), the match was famously introduced by BBC sports commentator David Coleman as "the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game."[1]

Match details[edit]

2 June 1962
15:00 CLT
Chile  2–0  Italy
Ramírez Goal 73'
Toro Goal 87'
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 66,057
Referee: Ken Aston (England)
GK 1 Misael Escuti
DF 2 Luis Eyzaguirre
DF 3 Raúl Sánchez
DF 4 Sergio Navarro (c)
DF 5 Carlos Contreras
MF 6 Eladio Rojas
FW 7 Jaime Ramírez
MF 8 Jorge Toro
FW 9 Honorino Landa
FW 10 Alberto Fouilloux
MF 11 Leonel Sánchez
Chile Fernando Riera
GK 12 Carlo Mattrel
DF 4 Sandro Salvadore
FW 7 Bruno Mora (c)
FW 8 Humberto Maschio
FW 9 José Altafini
FW 11 Giampaolo Menichelli
DF 16 Enzo Robotti
DF 18 Mario David Red card 41'
DF 19 Francesco Janich
MF 20 Paride Tumburus
MF 21 Giorgio Ferrini Red card 12'
Italy Paolo Mazza

Assistant referees:
Israel Leo Goldstein
Mexico Fernando Buergo Elcuaz

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Murray, Scott (6 November 2003). "The Knowledge (November 6, 2003)". Guardian Online (UK) (London). Retrieved 26 June 2006. 
  2. ^ – Ken Aston – the inventor of yellow and red cards

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