Football's 11 most shocking tackles of all time

Pedro Mendes, Ben Thatcher

9. Mario David on Leonel Sanchez

Chile vs Italy, 1962 World Cup

There are few matches that contain so many wince-inducing tackles that picking a '˜most shocking'™ proves difficult. Then again, there aren'™t very many matches that are more commonly referred to as '˜The Battle of Santiago'.

But the clash between Chile and Italy in World Cup '62 was one such encounter. It was a game that has to be seen to be believed; the British highlights introduced by David Coleman as "the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game".

The match was rife with shocking tackles, punches and police intervention. Giorgio Ferrini was ejected after 10 minutes, and Mario David followed half an hour later for kicking Leonel Sanchez in the head in what the commentator calls "one of the most cruel-blooded and lethal tackles I have ever seen".

It says something about the '˜Battle of Santiago'™ that the referee, Ken Aston, was actually the man who revolutionised football'™s disciplinary system. Obviously harrowed by the events that took place on the field that day, it was Aston'™s idea to use red and yellow cards, and they have stuck since the 1970 World Cup.

8. Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Haaland

Manchester derby, 2001

The roots of this infamous knee-high tackle were bedded three years previously.

A mistimed Keane lunge at Leeds'™s Haaland resulted in a cruciate ligament injury for the United skipper –“ an injury to which the incensed Haaland was, unsurprisingly, less than sympathetic. The Norwegian stood over Keane'™s prone figure and denounced him (somewhat vociferously) as a faker.

Shockingly, Keane held a slight grudge about it all. The Irishman saw (or, rather, plotted) his opportunity for revenge in the 2001 Manchester derby, ensuring this 50-50 ball had similar odds of then-City star Haaland being able to walk again.

A red card, five-game suspension and £150,000 fine followed, but hardly seemed a fitting punishment after the level of pre-meditation was revealed in Keane'™s autobiography.

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