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Shocking incidents that made headlines

June 26, 2014 5:13 by



By Nadine Sayegh

As the world waits for Fifa’s decision on whether to expel Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent, we look at other shocking incidents that made the headlines.

 

1. Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini

We haven’t picked this because it’s fresh news (maybe just a little), but because the incident was so shocking. Suarez would have us believe he wasn’t hungry, but Chiellini has the bite marks to prove otherwise.

 

2. Eric Cantona kung-fu kicks fan

Rewind to 1995, when Crystal Palace battles it out with Manchester United. Cantona is sent off after kicking Richard Shaw (Palace player) and continued his rampage by attacking a fan with a flying kung-fu kick, followed by a series of punches.

 

3. Zinadine Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi

The 2006 World Cup between France and Italy came to a tense end when long-time French football hero, Zenadine Zidane, lost his cool. For undisclosed reasons, ‘Zizou’ rammed his shiny head right in the center of Materazzi’s chest.

 

4. Joey Barton goes wild

Back in 2012, during an important match between QPR and Man City, Barton was sent off for reacting badly to a punch from City striker Carlos Tevez after Barton elbowed him, which is understandable. But instead of taking it in stride, Batron proceeded to kick Sergio Aguero followed by headbutting Vincent Company and, finally, attempting to attack Mario Balotelli.
No big deal, right?

 

5. Ben Thatcher elbows Pedro Mendes

During a match between Man City and Portsmouth, and a heated run to score, Ben Thatcher defended admirably by elbowing Mendes so violently that Mendes lost consciousness.

Although Thatcher was not punished during the match, he was banned for the following eight games.



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