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

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3. A.N. Italian nutcase

As far as goal celebrations go, this one’s up there.

In an Italian Sunday League game, Riolo Terme scuffed a poor free-kick into the box. Luckily for them, Ponticelli’s keeper responded in kind by fumbling the ball into the air, leaving Riolo’s striker with a simple tap-in. So why wouldn’t you enjoy the moment by smashing through the dugout with your head?  

2. Yoav Ziv

Cold Thursday nights at Stoke can be frustrating, so they say, but Ziv took that to a new level.

In a Europa League clash between the Potters and Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the visitors’ experienced defender was nudged off-field by Steven Nzonzi, who went unpunished by the officials.

Cue brainfart. With Ziv’s boot halfway off his foot, the Israeli finished the job off himself before hoofing it straight at the poor linesman. Though his apology was immediate – he never meant it ref, honest – the resulting red was about as inevitable as they come.

1. Linden Ljungkvist

The Swedes are known for many things – see meatballs, Ikea and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – but recently one of its residents earned fame with the oddest sending-off ever.

Defender Linden Ljungkvist, playing in a game between Järna SK’s reserves and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card... for farting. Referee Danny Kako deemed it to be “unsportsmanlike behaviour”, going on to say that he perceived the incident to be “deliberate provocation”. No baked beans in his house, then.

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