The 12 weirdest red cards ever: starring pitch invaders, ref rage… and farting

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Edin Dzeko was shown his marching orders for pulling down an opponent’s shorts at the weekend – but that’s nowt compared to some…

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12. Edin Dzeko

Let’s start with the subject himself, then. While playing for Bosnia against Greece on Monday, the former Manchester City striker was jockeyed to the corner before being bundled over by Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis.

After then having the ball wrestled from him, a floored Dzeko chose the only cause of action left rattling around in his brain: to pull down the Greek defender’s shorts, then haul him over for good measure. Dzeko was shown a second yellow, while Greece defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos got a straight red for his weirdly overzealous protests.

11. Jamie Carragher

Carra will be remembered for a decorated career with his beloved Liverpool, but the Scouse centre-half wanted to forget this FA Cup clash against Arsenal at Highbury in 2002.

After an incident which forced Dennis Bergkamp’s sending-off – Arsenal’s second of the afternoon – an irritated Gooner flung a coin at Carragher, who dutifully returned it back to the Highbury crowd. The referee didn’t see the charitable side of things.

10. Eden Hazard

It’s the League Cup semi-final and Chelsea are 2-0 down in Swansea. Full-time is fast approaching. Eden Hazard’s chase to save a stray pass from going out for a goal-kick is futile.

In an attempt to run down the clock, Swansea ballboy Charlie Morgan falls to the floor and, rather than, y’know, do his job and return the ball, shields it from an increasingly annoyed Hazard who promptly boots him in the side. Unfortunately for Hazard, the fact he deserved it didn't really matter to referee Chris Foy. 

It wasn’t too surprising, though: Morgan had tweeted pre-match: “The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting.”