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

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6. Salih Dursun

Turkish Super Lig games can prove particularly fiery encounters, but this one takes some beating. Trabzonspor faced Galatasaray in a game fuelled with altercations and red cards – four of ‘em – so, predictably, all hell broke loose when the latter were awarded an 88th-minute penalty with the scores at 1-1.

Trabzonspor players crowded around a back-peddling referee who dropped his red card after sending off Mustafa Yumlu, and Salih Dursun – on loan from Galatasaray at the time – couldn’t resist the temptation to pick it up and flash it back at him. Unamused, the battered man in the middle snatched it back to give Dursun his marching orders. Oops.

5. Jose Jimenez

Football has a colourful history of wildlife on its pitches, and dogs aren’t a new one. But while most critters trot on and off to harmless chuckles, some don’t get through quite so fortunately.

Bella Vista forward Jose Jimenez is clearly no animal lover. In an Argentine lower-league game against San Juan he reacted bizarrely to a stray dog, grabbing the unsuspecting hound by its neck and launching it at a fence separating the stand and pitch. Luckily, ol’ Rover walked away unharmed.   

4. Ashley Vickers

Dorchester player-manager Ashley Vickers thought he was doing this match a service by tackling a mankini-clad pitch invader to the ground who’d successfully evaded puffing stewards for the best part of a minute.

What he got was a red card for his troubles, with the game evenly poised at 1-1. Dorchester lost 3-1.