Soccer | Top 20 dumbest red cards in history – Part 2

Continuation and end of this best of the most beautiful expulsions in the history of football. Today on the program: Zizou’s headbutt, Chapron’s kick and Barreto’s punch.

WTF evictions (continued)

Zinedine Zidane / France – Italy

2006 World Cup.

Certainly the most iconic expulsion in the history of French football. Reaching the World Cup final is not easy. The Blues have only succeeded on three occasions. The second time takes place in Germany, against the Italian neighbor. The French are taken into extra time. Then in the 110th minute, it’s the apotheosis.

As he recovers, Zizou turns around and inflicts a sublime headbutt in the chest of Marco Materazzi. Zidane sees red, as does the referee. The Blues finally lose in the penalty shootout, but everyone remembers this fact of the game, and forgets the re-entrant panenka-bar at the start of the match. As in 1998, it was through his heading game that Zizou made history.

But he is not the only French hero of this evening. Another also takes the light.

“Oooooh Zinedine! Not that Zinedine. Not today, not now, not after all you’ve done! Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch » T. Gilardi

Josip Simunic / Croatia – Australia

2006 World Cup.

Croatia and Australia meet in the final match of the group stage of the 2006 World Cup. On the hour mark, Josip Simunic is guilty of a foul near his surface, first card yellow.

We play the 90th minute, and the central defender achieves the feat of committing three faults in a single action. Positioned as the last defender, Josip first puts the Australian striker on the ground, before taking charge of his teammate. A first intervention with the foot forward, then a second from behind with both feet off. A delicious recital. But nothing to be offended for the English referee Graham Poll. The latter only gives him a yellow card. Small problem, it is the second, but the Englishman no longer remembers it visibly.

Josip Simunic wants his expulsion. So the Croatian redoubles his efforts until the money time to get it. Seeing that he couldn’t get his red card with his killer tackles, Josip decided to choose another method; the swear words. And it hits the mark, the Croatian is excluded in additional time for a third yellow card.

Kieran Gibbs/Chelsea–Arsenal

Premier League: 2013-2014.

Matches between Chelsea and Arsenal often leave room for improbable scenarios. And that of the 2014 edition is not to be outdone with the others. From the 7th minute of play, the Blues already lead 2-0. So when Oxlade-Chamberlain deflects the ball with his hand on his line, the referee does not hesitate to draw a red card. Problem, Andre Marriner thinks that it was Kieran Gibbs who was guilty of this cheat. The English referee does not want to know anything, despite Chamberlain’s self-denial. Gibbs goes berserk, and still has to try to figure out why.

For the little anecdote, the match will end with a score of 6-0 for Chelsea. What better way for Arsene Wenger to celebrate his 1000th game at the head of Arsenal?

“It’s one of the worst games of my career. After 20 minutes, the game was over. Then it’s a long time » A. Wenger

Pierre-Yves Polomat – Michaël Barreto / Quevilly-Rouen – Auxerre

League 2: 2017-2018.

We play the 80th minute, and the Auxerrois are dropped by Quevilly-Rouen (3-1). The tension rises, and ends up bursting between Pierre-Yves Polomat and Michaël Barreto. Small detail that is important, the two players wear the same jersey, that of AJA. Polomat head butts Barreto, when the latter responds with a punch. All in the middle of a game. It takes the intervention of a player from Quevilly-Rouen to separate the two men, the world upside down. Results ? Two expulsions for Auxerre. The account is good.


Rui Costa / Germany – Portugal

Preliminary rounds for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Portugal approach the 1998 World Cup qualifiers as the local tournament. A defeat against Ukraine, and two draws against Armenia and Northern Ireland. To believe that the Portuguese did not want to land in France in July 98. But the Seleção remains a great nation, so watching the World Cup on the TV is not really their hobby. This is why the Portuguese decide to move in the final matches. The observation is simple; if they fail to impose themselves in Germany, they will be able to give up on the World Cup.

Everything starts well for them. Pedro Barbosa opened the scoring in the 71st minute, and freed the Portuguese people. Will then begin a monstrous time-saving enterprise. Luis Figo’s teammates bask on the ground at the slightest touch, send long tirades to the referee. The latter is none other than the Frenchman Marc Batta. And at the Marseillais, we don’t do it to him. When the fourth referee asks Rui Costa to be replaced, the Portuguese wanders, pulls up his socks, hugs his teammates on the lawn, the feeling of accomplishment. Batta urges him several times to hurry, which does not seem to disturb the lap of honor of our amigo Rui Costa.

This is clearly too much for the referee who decides to give him a yellow card. Small problem, this is the second scooped by Rui Costa. The Portuguese comes out in tears, and can only feel sorry for himself when he sees Ulf Kirsten equalize ten minutes from time. Portugal will never see the World Cup 98.

Samuel Inkoom / Karpaty Lviv – Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Ukrainian Championship: 2011-2012.

This is the story of Samuel Inkoom, defender of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, who is about to be replaced. The Ghanaian trots off, then takes off his jersey mechanically before giving way to his teammate. Except that this harmless gesture does not escape the referee. The latter takes out his most beautiful biscuit to the Dnipro player for having removed his jersey. The second. Excluded just a few meters from his replacement. The Ukrainian panache.

Yannick Cahuzac / Angers – Bastia

League 1: 2016-2017.

After the legendary slowness embodied by Rui Costa, this time we have the ardor of Yannick Cahuzac. Bastia player, the defensive midfielder is known and recognized for his passion for bloody red cards. And on this evening of February 2017, the supporters of the SCO of Angers will realize that this legend is indeed real.

20 minutes from time, the Bastiais are trailing 2-0, and Cahuzac is called out. For once, the defensive midfielder was flawless on the field, no yellow card to his credit, a near-miracle. Everything goes for the best, until the moment when Yannick has to give up his place. In a very clumsy gesture, the fourth referee hits him with his scoreboard at throat level. Cahuzac doesn’t need more to come out of his hinges, and hit the billboard violently. The fourth referee informs the man at the whistle of the action, which persuades the latter to exclude Cahuzac, already on the sidelines. A king’s outing.

Fights with the referee

Thiago Silva / PSG – Valenciennes

League 1: 2012-2013.

Shortly before half-time, Thiago Silva tries to have an explanation for a decision taken by the referee of the match, Alexandre Castro. The Brazilian puts his hands on the shoulders of the referee, which absolutely does not please the latter. Direct red. The reason ? To have been stopped in its tracks.

In the corridors of the stadium, Leonardo also tries to explain himself to the referee, and jostles him in turn by shouldering him. Decidedly, everyone wants to touch the rockstar Alexandre Castro.

Diego Carlos / Nantes – PSG

League 1: 2017-2018.

Here we are touching the Holy Grail of anything. And as if by chance, it takes place on French soil, within our incredible Liguain. PSG leads 1-0 at Beaujoire, the Canaries try everything for everything in the hope of equalizing. The Nantes people discover themselves and undergo a backlash from Kylian Mbappé. The action comes to nothing, then a crowd forms around Tony Chapron. The referee is on the ground, and gets up with difficulty kicking Diego Carlos. The misunderstanding is total, the Farmer’s League is more than ever at the top of its game.

Tony Chapron thinks Diego Carlos tripped him on purpose. But in reality, it was the referee who came into the Brazilian’s race, and caused his own fall. But the “referee-tackler” sticks to his idea, and pulls out a second yellow card, synonymous with red for Diego Carlos. The icing on the cake, he whistled a free kick in favor of PSG for « fault on Monsieur Chapron ». The circle is complete.

Marcelo / Angers-Lyon

League 1: 2017-2018.

You don’t consider yourself lucky in life? You will quickly put things into perspective with this red card picked up by Marcelo. Author of a fault on Baptiste Santamaria, Marcelo receives a yellow card. A decision that does not seem to suit him, so the Brazilian turns his back on the referee and protests, raising his arms in the air. Lack of pot for him, his arm goes up at the same time as that of the referee goes down. Marcelo involuntarily hits the yellow card, which falls to the ground. Enough to convince the referee to release the only card he has left; the Red. An unparalleled alignment of the planets.

Lyon, who led 3-1 before this expulsion, is finally joined 3-3. All’s well That ends well.

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