Red carded Erick Ouma explains reason for choking opponent in Swedish Derby

STARS ABROAD Red carded Erick Ouma explains reason for choking opponent in Swedish Derby

Imran Otieno 18:40 - 31.05.2023

The defender was sent off in the 92nd minute for choking an opponent.

Kenyan international Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma was handed his marching orders after a brawl in the fiercely contested Stockholm Derby between AIK and Djurgarden that ended in a 1-0 loss.

The melee occurred at the stroke of the 90th minute when Axel Bjornstrom swang a foot at Piotr Johansson which sparked a mass brawl that involved almost all outfield players.

Marcelo joined in the chaos and appeared to put his hands around Djurgarden midfielder Besard Sabovic’s throat which led to him being sent for an early shower alongside his teammate Bjornstrom.

The 26-year-old revealed that he chocked Sabovic in self-defense, claiming he was first hit by the midfielder and answered “yes” when asked if he put his hands on the Djurgarden player.

“He hit me. I don't know how the referee didn't see that. I don't know his name, Sabovic or something like that.

“Yes, because I needed to defend myself. No no (he was not hurt) but I needed to defend myself,” said Marcelo in an interview with Fotboll Skanalen.

The red card was the first in his professional career with the former Gor Mahia defender being synonymous with being calm both on and off the pitch.

The chaos resulted in a one-hour delay after fans threw flares from the stands twice with the police officers bringing dogs onto the field to protect the players before being confronted by masked supporters. 

AIK who have had a torrid start to the season sit second from bottom after winning one of their opening 10 games with the results prompting the club's CEO Manuel Lindberg to resign after the loss to D Djurgarden.

Marcelo added that he was stunned after being sent off and was not sure whether he will face a ban but was hopeful that his red card will be rescinded after a review.

“I was surprised. I don't know how he came to his decision. I do not know. I am hoping for the best. Maybe they can look at the situation in retrospect and remove my suspension. It would be good.”