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It is from this article.

The Portuguese forward, making his Champions League debut for Juve, appeared to grab Valencia defender Jeison Murillo's hair as they tangled off the ball midway through the first half and referee Felix Brych consulted his assistant behind the goal before showing the five-time Champions League winner a straight red card.

What confuses me there the most is the use of the preposition off there.

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    In speech "off the ball" would be a discernible phrase. It would be overkill, but the text could be punctuated ...as they tangled, off the ball, midway through... Do you understand what straight means there? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 20 '18 at 12:39
  • en.wiktionary.org/wiki/straight_red_card "A red card, signifying a player's instant dismissal from the game for a single major foul or misconduct, distinct from and graver than a second yellow card, which a player may receive for several minor fouls." for those wondering. – user3395 Sep 20 '18 at 15:24
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Tangled means scuffled or fought.

Off the ball means away from the ball.

So these players had a fight, but not near where the ball was being played.

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