Being hooked at half-time in a municipal face-off, as Mkhitaryan was, is not sufficient justification to consign a new player to Siberia.
Here is my confusion:
What is the meaning of "being hooked"? I know the fact that Mkhitaryan had the bad game and was sent off after the haft-time. Is there any correspondence between "being hooked" and "sent off"? Or does "being sent-off" represent something different?
What is the meaning of "municipal". Some dictionaries say it is an adjective:
of or relating to a town or city or its local government
I don't have any idea how to apply this definition to this sentence so that it would make sense.