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Shockingly dangerous 'clothesline' challenge leaves star out cold

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Shocking challenge (screenshots)

Shocking challenge (screenshots)

This is a very effective way to bring down a defender very quickly, but it's also incredibly illegal and dangerous.

Poor Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk was wiped out completely as he raced through on goal in one of the most disgraceful challenges we've seen.

Call it cynical, call it dangerous - all we know is that it was thoroughly shocking.

Russian defender Oleksandr Chyzhov was - astonishingly - not sent off for the horrendous intervention on the halfway line with Adriano surely set to run on and score with just the goalkeeper to beat.

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Chyzhov's 'clothesline' challenge

Chyzhov's 'clothesline' challenge

Fortunately, Adriano was fine after he was stretchered off the field and examined by the medics, but he was temporarily left out cold from the impact of the 'clothesline' move.

It was a challenge that we are more used to seeing in the WWE wrestling arena, and it certainly has no place on a football field.

The FC Illychivets centre back is reportedly a transfer target for Stoke City, but let's hope we don't see dangerous play like this in the Premier League as a result.

Watch the incident below and leave your comments: was it just clumsy or very dangerous?

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