AN ECUADORIAN referee was smacked in the face and floored after awarding a late penalty and showing a player a red card.
Macara's Alvaro Cazula conceded a late penalty with VAR supporting referee Alex Cajas' call.
Coaching staff on the touchline protested the decision, leading to a physical altercation and numerous coaches being shown red cards.
Elcomercio say Macara goalkeeper coach, Hector Lautaro Chiriboga, landed a blow to Cajas' face, causing the referee to fall to the floor.
A policeman with a riot shield was forced to stand by the referee while tensions were diffused.
Play would continue and Macara would get a penalty of their own just minutes after the opener.
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No9 Facundo Rodriguez stepped up and fired Macara level.
It would then be opponents Aucas' turn to get themselves into to trouble.
Two players were then shown red cards.
Richard Alexander Mina Caicedo and Víctor Figueroa received their marching orders.
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The points share helped lift Aucas to the top of the Ecuadorian first division.
A point for Macara pushed them within two points of Cumbaya and 9 de Octubre.
However, they're still sat bottom of the table.
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