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WATCH: Rafa Marquez’s latest blatant, unnecessary attempt to injure

Rafa Marquez

Mexico Football captain Rafa Marquez at the teams first training run at Dave Farrington Park, Miramar after their arrival for the FIFA World Cup qualifier match against New Zealand on Wednesday, Wellington, New Zealand, Sunday, November 17, 2013. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) **NEW ZEALAND OUT**

Ross Setford

Rafa Marquez can be a really bad dude.

I don’t mean “Bad” like Michael Jackson’s hit song, but bad like little kids identify the “bad guy.” He’s a villain. He’s hard-nosed.

And he’s a scummy player.

The latest example, pointed out by Sports Illustrated this morning, is his flying cleat into the back of Bolivar’s Gerardo Yecerotte on Tuesday night. He earned a red card for his troubles, costing Leon a chance to advance in the Copa Libertadores.

You may remember Marquez’s “inadvertent legs” from such previous films as “Shea Salinas’ clavicle: We hardly knew ye” (trailer below):

He’s just a player who doesn’t need to be playing, bad for the sport and arguably bad for humanity (judging from his various rifts through the locker room during his time with the Red Bulls).

For now, though, he’s just another villain awaiting a punishment. It’ll likely be too lenient.

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