Soccer's Top 17 Ndamukong Suh-Style Outbursts of All Time

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2012

Soccer's Top 17 Ndamukong Suh-Style Outbursts of All Time

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    For those of you that don't know, Ndamukong Suh is a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions in the NFL.

    Suh has been voted the dirtiest player in the league from a poll conducted by Sporting News, and has recently been the centre of attention for pushing Green Bay Packers Evan Dietrich-Smith's head into the ground three times before stomping on his arm.

    Suh served a two game ban for the incident.

    Now your up to speed, let's get back to REAL football.

    Suh's on-field misdemeanor isn't that uncommon in soccer, and many a player has fallen foul of the referee after trying to vent their frustrations in an ungentlemanly way towards their opponent.

    Some get away with it of course.

    Here we will take a look at some player actions that have caught the headlines over the years.

David Beckham Kicks out

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    Considering some of the challenges that only receive yellow cards these days, this kick by David Beckham seems very trivial and rather pathetic for a red card offence.

    At the time, Beckham was vilified by the English press and largely blamed for England's failure to progress to the next round of the 1998 World Cup.

Zinedine Zidane Headbutt

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    Apparently if you make a reference to Zinedine Zidane's mother, this is what happens.

    If that is indeed a reference to what Marco Materazzi said to the Frenchman, then he probably deserved this swift punishment.

Luis Suarez Racism

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    Luis Suarez expressed his frustration in a rather different way when playing against Manchester United.

    Suarez was investigated by the FA after United defender Patrice Evra complained the Uruguayan was being racist towards him.

    Suarez was found guilty and issued with an eight match ban.

Joey Barton Punch

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    It's rather unsurprising to see Joey Barton's name in this slideshow as the QPR midfielder regularly courts controversy.

    This time, Barton was nudged by Blackburn midfielder Morton Gamst Pederson.

    Obviously, the natural reaction is to punch his opponent in the chest.

Nigel De Jong Karate Kick

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    Somehow Nigel De Jong escaped a red card for this karate kid-style kick to Xabi Alonso's chest.

    The more you watch it, the more amazing it gets.

    Who knows what the officials were doing when this went down?

    I don't know what language is being spoken by the commentators but you can clearly hear the words "Owww" and "Kung Fu."

Pepe Stamps on Messi

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    Real Madrid defender Pepe snuck this cheeky little stamp in on Lionel Messi right under the referees nose.

    Pepe adjusts his feet in order to dig his studs into the back of Messi's hand as he attempt to pick himself up from the floor.

    Pepe was branded shameful by the Spanish press.

Paolo Di Canio on the Referee

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    If you don't like the referees decision you can always push him over.

    Well, at least that's what Paolo Di Canio thought he could do to referee Paul Alcock.

    Di Canio received a lengthy ban for this incident, but you've got to say the ref went down way too easily.

    Jurgen Klinsmann would have been proud of that dive.

Eric Cantona Takes It out on a Fan

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    As if getting a red card in a football match isn't enough, to top things off you've got a fan giving you stick from the sidelines.

    Eric Cantona shows fellow professionals what not to do when provoked, and promptly kung fu kicks a member of the public.

    This clip makes light of the incident by playing Carl Douglas' iconic song.

Frank Rijkaard Spitting

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    After becoming increasingly frustrated with German player Rudi Voeller, Frank Rijkaard deciding to help the German's dried out scalp by spitting in it.


    Rijkaard was subsequently sent off.

Luis Suarez Biting

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    In a homage to boxing legend Mike Tyson, Luis Suarez once bit an opponent during a heated on pitch debate.

    He didn't take his ear though.

Zlatan Does Some Jackie Chan

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    When a footballer has committed a truly bad foul, he often rolls around on the floor pretending he was fouled himself.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic did just that on Marco Materazzi in this Serie A game.

    Perhaps Materazzi had said something about Zlatan's mother.

Roy Keane Career Ender

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    Roy Keane's foul on Alfe Inge Haaland earned him a red card, but the challenge also ended Haalands career.

    Keane later admitted that he intended to injure Haaland.


Vinne Jones and Paul Gascoigne

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    Footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones was a tough tackler on the field and occasionally a little bit naughty.

    This iconic picture of him grabbing former England star Paul Gascoigne by the ahem... groin became famous in its day.

    The referee missed this incident but the camera man didn't.

Elizabeth Lambert

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    And you thought it was only male footballers who played dirty.

    Check out Elizabeth Lambert in this shocking display of on-field dignity.

    You'll just have to excuse the French for a few moments.

Duncan Ferguson

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    To Scotland then, and it's Big Duncan Ferguson in the spotlight.

    Ferguson got away with this on field head butt, but was later jailed for three months because of it.


Ajax Has Kung Fu Too

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    I don't know who this Ajax player was, but I'm sure he didn't know he was signing up for a Bruce Lee training day.



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    So there you have some moments of madness—or perhaps they weren't—from some of the sport's more emotional players.

    The fact is that gamesmanship and cheating will forever be a part of the sport no matter how many referees assistants there are, or how much technology influences the game in the future.

    Some players just cant help themselves, whilst others make a career out of crossing the line.

    The retrospective punishments that are now being handed out should make the more blatant punches, pinches, slaps and stamps be appropriately dealt with, but even then there will be some that go unnoticed.

    There's no place in the game for people who can't stick to the rules, so sometimes I wonder why they are even on the field in the first place.

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