Football's 11 most shocking tackles of all time

Pedro Mendes, Ben Thatcher

6. Axel Witsel on Marcin Wasilewski

Standard Liege vs Anderlecht 2009

Derby matches are always hot-blooded affairs, and the clashes between Standard Liege and Anderlecht are no different. But thi™s fixture featured one terrible incident that has taken their rivalry to another level.

The season before, then-starlet Axel Witsel was the hero who scored the decisive penalty in Standard'™s play-off win against Anderlecht that brought their second successive title. In this derby, however, he committed one of the most hideous football tackles ever recorded on camera, with a savage lunge on Anderlecht defender Marcin Wasilewski leaving the Pole with a double open-tibia fracture, and the watching world wincing, appalled.

An unbelievably lenient €250 fine and 10-game ban followed – one that was soon reduced to eight matches, much to the consternation of Belgium and most of the football world. To further endear himself to the Anderlecht faithful, the return derby saw him leap into another terrible challenge (on Roland Juhasz) and see red once again.

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