Ranked! The 10 most violent red cards ever

Zinedine Zidane of France receives a red card after headbutting Marco Materazzi of Italy during the 2006 FIFA World Cup final
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There are fouls – and then there's a whole other level on top of that, encompassing some of the craziest behaviour ever seen on a football pitch.

From fully airborne two-footed tackles to moments of utterly unrestrained madness, FourFourTwo has picked out the most violent red cards in the history of the game.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...