Football's 13 most dirty tackles

A year ago, we published a Top 10 of shocking tackles - and the reaction was interestingly strong. So we sent Jason Lewis and Alex Buxton searching for more from the dark side...

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Gobern goes bananas

Geographically speaking, Southampton vs Bournemouth should should be a decent footballing rivalry. However, thanks to the Saints’ bitter history with Portsmouth, it isn’t normally a fiery encounter – not that Oscar Gobern got the memo. With Southampton leading 3-1 in a 2011 League One clash between the two south coast sides, 6ft 3in Gobern channelled his inner Bruce Lee as he launched himself at Cherries defender Shaun Cooper with a wildly unnecessary horizontal two-footed lunge, in such an unusual position (parallel to the ground, sitting up) that it seemed he was being carried in an invisible sedan chair. Luckily Cooper avoided the brunt of it – the attempt was so off-beam, Gobern almost tackled him with his head.

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