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The Top 10 Most Savage Red Cards in English League History (VIDEO)

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10. Joey Barton – Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers.

Joey Barton, now manager of Fleetwood Town, received 6 red cards during his 269 Premier League games. Perhaps one that will always be remembered, and talked about most, came when the red mist descended during the final game of the 2011/12 season.

He captained Queens Park Rangers that day against his former club Manchester City who were neck and neck with Manchester United for the title. Barton disappeared down the tunnel in the 55th minute and missed the most dramatic ending to a Premier League season there has ever been.

9. Edin Dzeko – Greece v Bosnia and Herzegovina

Speaking of Dzeko he received a red in a rather bizarre clash of shots with Greece’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos who’s now plying his trade with Arsenal. Dzeko, who played 130 Premier League games for Manchester City scoring 50 goals, is now with Roma. He received no red cards with City. 

8. Zinedine Zidane – France v Italy. World Cup Final 2006. Berlin Germany.

Zidane, widely regarded as one of the world’s best ever players and part of the Real Madrid Galácticos along with David Beckham, lost his head in the 2006 World Cup Final against Italy. It all started so well for Zidane as he put France in front with a cheeky penalty that bounced in off the bar after 7 minutes. Italy’s Marco Materazzi powered home a header 12 minutes later. A lot of tired legs were on show as the game entered extra time. In the 110th minute, French captain Zidane lost his head. Rather like a Spanish bull he tried to bury it in Materazzi’s chest of.  Materazzi made the most of it and off went Zidane. Italy won the penalty shoot-out 5-3. 

7. David Beckham – England v Argentina. Saint-Étienne, France. 

Still in the World Cup, this time in 1998, where England were playing Argentina in the last 16. This game ended 2-2 with Argentina winning on penalties 4-3 thanks to misses from Paul Ince and David Batty. Perhaps one of the most memorable moments from this game came just after half-time when Beckham received a harsh read to kicking out at Argentina’s captain Diego Simeone.

6. Francis Benali – Wimbledon v Southampton

Southampton full-back Benali played 311 games for his local team and scored 1 goal. Not bad for a converted striker! He became a bit of a cult figure and could always be relied upon to dispatch opposing wingers into touch. He managed 11 career red cards. At Wimbledon, in 1990, he launched Wimbledon’s John Fashanu, known as ‘Fash the Bash’ into space.  

5. Roy Keane – Newcastle v Manchester United

Hardman Roy Keane received 7 top flight red cards during his career and this one came after a tussle with Alan Shearer. It looked like Keane wanted a bit of afters, with Shearer, but luckily his teammates pulled him away. 

4. Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer – Newcastle v Newcastle 2005.

Lee and Kireon were apparently good mates until, one afternoon at St James Park, when Dyer refused to pass to Bowyer. Bowyer didn’t like it and laid into Dyer. That day they learned that players from the same team could be sent off! Aston Villa ran out 3-0 winners and Newcastle also had Stephen Taylor sent off in the 73rd minute. Captain Alan Shearer was not impressed.  

3. Eric Cantona – Crystal Palace v Manchester United  

On the 25th January 1995, Cantona received a red card after a tussle with Palace defender Richard Shaw. Under normal circumstances, this red might not have made the top 10. But these were not normal circumstances. As he walked towards the tunnel a Palace fan made a comment Cantona didn’t appreciate. Some reports suggested that the fan, Matthew Simmonds, said: “Fuck off back to France, you French bastard”. In retaliation, Cantona launched a ‘Kung Fu’ style kick aimed at Simonds.  

Cantona, banned, fined, and sentenced with 120 hours of community service, later came out with probably his most famous quote:

“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

2. Francis Lee & Norman Hunter – Derby County v Leeds United

Lee and Hunter clashed in November 1975 when both teams were big names in the top tier of English football. Norman, Bites Your Legs, Hunter had that nickname for good reason. A little bit more than ‘handbags at 5 paces’ meant they had an early bath.

1. Kevin Keegan & Billy Bremner – Leeds v Liverpool 

Remember the Charity shield? That gentle little curtain raiser at the start of the season between the top flight champions and the FA Cup Winners from the previous season. Well in August 1974 Johnny Giles showed just how football used to be played in the ‘anything goes seventies.’ Keegan and Bremner, unlike Giles, didn’t escape so lightly. 

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