It happens in almost every major international tournament.
At a pivotal moment in a nation's biggest match, one player self-destructs and is instructed to leave the pitch by the referee.
What ensues from the red card varies from instance to instance.
Perhaps the player will be vilified, as David Beckham was immediately after the 1998 World Cup.
Or perhaps he will be revered, as Zinedine Zidane was after the 2006 World Cup.
What is certain, though, is that the red card will surely put the player's side in an almost impossible situation.
Who will be seeing red in next month's EURO?
Here are the top ten players who are most likely to cost their team dearly with a reckless or foolish mistake.