Ancil Elcock

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Ancil Elcock (born 17 March 1969) is a retired footballer from Trinidad and Tobago. He played for the MLS (USA's Major League Soccer) team Columbus Crew between 1997 and 2001 (130 games and 7 goals), and for Tobago United. He got 69 caps for the national team between 1994 and 2004 [1]. Ancil Elcock became infamous for fracturing Mexican superstar Cuauhtémoc Blanco in a World Cup qualification match.[1]

Elcock is the older cousin of Stern John, whom he recruited to the Columbus Crew while tenured there.

Blanco's Injury[edit]

On October 8, 2000 Trinidad and Tobago contested a World Cup qualification match against Mexico. The match was played on Mexico City on the Estadio Azteca and the referee was Carlos Batros Gonzalez. On the 72nd minute, Elcock slide tackled Blanco hitting him on the knee as he received the ball on the penalty box. Referee Gonzalez determined the tackle to be of excessive force and called for a penalty and ejected Elcock by showing him a direct red card, even though Elcock had previously received a yellow in the game. The penalty was taken and scored by Victor Ruiz resulting in the final score of the game 7-0 in favor of Mexico. Many football analysts point this incident as the moment that all aspirations of Blanco becoming a greater star in Spain and world football as diminished for Blanco never fully recovered.[2][3][4]



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