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OPINION: 6 of The Weirdest Reasons For Getting Sent Off In Football

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Red cards are an unavoidable part of football and have been for decades, despite the fact that most spectators despise them. 36 of them have been used in the Premier League this season, for a variety of reasons. Poor fouls, diving, violent conduct, and the typical suspects have all been witnessed, and while some have peaked fans' interest, none have been particularly remarkable. However, this isn't always the case. Referees can show players the red card for a variety of reasons.


6. Edinson Cavani PSG vs Lens 2014

The majority of you have witnessed the athletes on the pitch partake in some unusual celebrations. Everyone admires Nani's backflip, Ronaldo's Sii, and Mbappe's cross hands across his chest. However, there are times when the player's revelry can get them into trouble. Edinson Cavani received a red card for celebrating his scoring. Table-topper Paris St Germain was leading Lens 2-1 in a Ligue 1 match. In the early minutes of the second half, Jean Phillippe Gbamin brought Cavani down in the box. After the referee pointed to the spot, the Uruguayan forward converted the penalty with ease. After expanding the lead, the forward did his sniper-rifle celebration. The celebration annoyed the referee, who gave the player a yellow card. When Cavani sought to make amends with the referee, he was given a second yellow card and was sent off. PSG, on the other hand, went on to win the match despite having just 10 men on the pitch at the end of an 11-man lineup.


5. John Terry Barcelona vs Chelsea

Chelsea reached the Champions League final in 2012, defeating Barcelona at Camp Nou, but not before their captain, John Terry, questioned the club's Champions League future. Terry made the Blues' task much more difficult by kneeing the unwitting Alexis Sanchez in the back with the ball a long way away, with his team still leading on aggregate but facing an attacking onslaught from their illustrious opponents. Terry was given his marching orders, and his team was reduced to ten players for the remainder of the game. In remembrance of that insane moment.


4. Robin Van Persie - Barcelona vs Arsenal

Barcelona's victory over Arsenal in the Champions League second round in 2011 is well-known now, but it's easy to forget that the Gunners led for a significant portion of the tie. In the second leg at the Camp Nou, Arsenal seized the lead after Sergio Busquets' 53rd-minute own goal cancelled out Lionel Messi's first goal of the night. Three minutes later, Arsenal's hopes were shattered when Robin van Persie, who had previously been cautioned, shot and missed a second goal after referee Massimo Busacca's whistle went for offside against the Dutchman. Despite van Persie's unconvincing claim that he couldn't hear the whistle because of the volume from the 90,000-strong crowd, the official issued him a second yellow card and a red card for kicking the ball away.


3. Santos vs. Colo Colo, 2011. Neymar

Neymar, the Brazilian superstar, is no new to controversy, but while playing for Santos, he received an atrocious red card. The then-19-year-old forward scored a magnificent solo goal to put his team up 3-0 in a Copa Libertadores encounter against Chilean side Colo Colo. He then chose to celebrate in an unusual way, having a fan hand him an upside-down mask of his own face. For whatever reason, the referee deemed this a rule infraction and awarded the forward his second yellow card, ejecting him from the game. Neymar, understandably, raised an objection, but the referee was unmoved. Despite the fact that Colo Colo scored again and both teams had two more players sent off, Santos managed to win. After the game, Santos manager Marcelo Martelotte appeared to have little sympathy for Neymar, alleging that he was sent out for "not knowing the rules," which looked harsh.


2. Zinedine Zidane - France vs Italy

The best player on the largest stage commits the most egregious error of all. The 2006 World Cup final was supposed to be a fitting finish to the Frenchman's illustrious career, and it appeared to be so when he struck a ludicrously casual penalty off the bar (and just over the line) to put France ahead early against Italy. After taking objection to some nasty language from man-marker Marco Materazzi, Zidane spun around and buried his head in the former Everton defender's chest. It was a shocking spectacle that deserved to be followed by a red card. Zidane's career came to an end as he trudged past the World Cup trophy and down the tunnel as Italy went on to win the game and the championship.


1. Eden Hazard - Chelsea vs Swansea City, 2013.

Eden Hazard, another Florentino Perez Galactico signing, is known more for his incredible skills on the field than for his rage. His fury flared in an EFL Cup semi-final against Swansea in 2013, when fans saw their favorite player lose his cool on the pitch and receive a red card. After the first leg, Swansea led the Blues by two goals, while the second leg ended in a draw in the 80th minute. Chelsea was keen to score a goal and turn their fortunes around, it goes without saying. The genuine incident occurred after that. The ball was kicked for a goal. The Belgian superstar jogged quickly to speed things up and get the ball back into play. The player, however, noted that the ball boy was first to the ball, which caused the game to be delayed. Hazard attempted to wrestle the ball away from the ball boy. The player's diligent effort, however, was in vain, as the adolescent dove to the ground and grabbed the ball with both hands. Hazard seemed to kick the ball boy in the stomach in order to get the ball in an apparent attempt to restart the game. The referee then issued a red card to the Big Belgian. Furthermore, the behavior is seen as dishonorable, if not bizarre.

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