World Football's Top 15 Player Outbursts

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentFebruary 14, 2012

World Football's Top 15 Player Outbursts

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    The late Sir Bobby Robson once branded Paul Gascoigne, “As daft as a brush.”

    From time to time, footballers make some pretty impulsive decisions. 

    Here are the top 15 player outbursts in recent world football memory.        

    This list isn’t exhaustive, so feel free to comment below with your own examples. 

Roy Keane

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    So it's the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and Roy Keane, in his outspoken demeanour, accused the Irish management of being amateurish.

    During a team meeting, Mick McCarthy confronted Keane about his comments, and the fiery midfielder unleashed:

    Mick, you're a liar ... you're a f___ing w__ker. I didn't rate you as a player, I don't rate you as a manager, and I don't rate you as a person.

    You're a f___ing w__ker and you can stick your World Cup up your bollocks.

    The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country.

    You can stick it up your bollocks.

    Luckily for McCarthy, the Irish were drawn in an easy World Cup group. 

    There were the Saudis who were one of the worst teams to ever grace the tournament and a Cameroon side devoid of creativity. 

    McCarthy's side qualified behind Germany and if they kept their nerve from 12 yards out, would have gone on to face South Korea in the quarterfinals.

José Batista

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    Having watched Preben Elkjær and Jesper Olsen dance around their defence, there's no doubting Omar Borrás advocated a more robust attitude against the Scots. 

    José Batista took that to heart by poleaxing the first person that was in his sight. 

    56 seconds in and the unfortunate Gordon Strachan was in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

    The result was the fastest ever red card in FIFA World Cup history. 

    The Uruguayans still didn't lose the game and ultimately the loser was Alex Ferguson, as his Scottish side crashed out of the World Cup. 

    Five months later, Ferguson took over the reigns at Manchester United. 

Felipe Melo

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    Oh, the irony in Nigel de Jong questioning Felipe Melo's sanity!

    Aside from heading the ball into his own goals, Melo had to force himself on Arjen Robben. 

    It was hilarious how Robben was exaggerating his pain, yet holding onto Jabulani for dear life. 

    Then there was Brazilian legend Ronaldo tweeting his expert analysis: "Felipe Melo better not come to Brazil for his holidays." 

Harald Schumacher

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    This was probably the only time in FIFA World Cup history where one player's actions could have led to the death of another player. 

    What possessed Harald Schumacher to assault Patrick Battiston?

    Thankfully, Battiston recovered and played professional football for nine more years. 

    Perhaps ridden by guilt for playing such an elegant through ball that exposed Battiston, Michel Platini held the hand of his unconscious teammate as he was stretched off the field. 

Paolo Di Canio

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    Most of you have probably seen Paolo Di Canio pushing referee Paul Alcock, so here's an alternative Di Canio meltdown. 

    If you didn't watch the video, it's Harry Redknapp recounting how Di Canio demanded to be subbed off against Bradford City after being denied two stone wall penalties. 

    Di Canio squatted and pouted on the West Ham United bench. 

Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer

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    The funniest thing about this fracas wasn't both players getting sent off but Kieron Dyer appealing his red card. 

Sergio Ramos

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    Sergio Ramos' value for his red card in assaulting Lionel Messi and shoving Carles Puyol and Xavi in the face. 

Mario Balotelli

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    Mario Balotelli's genius in forcing a move away from Inter Milan: wear an A.C. Milan shirt on national television and throwing away the Inter Milan shirt after the team had just found a way to beat Barcelona.  

Diego Maradona

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    Diego Maradona was sticking up for his teammate Juan Barbas, but it's preferable to put in a sneaky foul behind the referee as opposed to right in front of him. 

Michael Ballack

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    Michael Ballack made a wise choice in not giving into the temptation of smacking referee Tom Henning Øvrebø. 

Didier Drogba

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    It was a joke that UEFA handed down such a hefty ban to Didier Drogba (which was successfully appealed) given they reinstated referee Tom Henning Øvrebø the next season. 

    If any person needed a ban it was referee Øvrebø for such incompetence. 

Francesco Totti

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    If Francesco Totti did what he did to Mario Balotelli outside the football field, the Roma captain would be jailed for assault. 

    There's no place in footballing for such thuggish acts.

    Totti should have been banned for a season. 


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    A 10-game ban is not enough; it should have been a season ban. 

    One of these days, Pepe is going to go el loco on Lionel Messi. 

Zinedine Zidane

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    You see, this is how you foul a player without getting sent off—do it behind the referee's back. 

    The big debate was, should Zinedine Zidane have been sent off due to video evidence?

    The referees denied it but there was such a gap in time from what happened to referee Horacio Elizondo's decision that one can only assume the officials watched in shock and horror at what happened on the big screen and then sent off Zidane. 

    It proves that you need video evidence because the right decision was made. 

Eric Cantona

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    Eric Cantona is as crazy as Pepe, but at least the Frenchman is a magician with the ball. 



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