5 Famous Red Cards of Football World Cup
In the history of World Cup football, many players have left the field after seeing red cards. However, there are several red cards that have become famous.
Every match of World Cup football is full of excitement. In a tense match, the players of both teams often get into fights or the players often hit the opponent's players unjustly. The referee in charge of the game has to make a tough decision to handle these issues. The referee often shows red cards to many players. In the history of World Cup football, many players have left the field after seeing red cards. However, there are several red cards that have become famous. Today's article talks about 5 such famous red card incidents.
Wayne Rooney, 2006 World Cup
One of the highlights of the 2006 World Cup was Wayne Rooney's red card. Wayne Rooney did not play well for England in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and was further criticized by the red card against Portugal in the quarter-finals. However, Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution is behind the fame of this red card of Wayne Rooney.
Ronaldo and Rooney played together for Manchester United. But when the two players face off in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Germany, they turn from friend to foe. Wayne Rooney hits Portuguese player Ricardo Carvalho. It was as foul as getting a card but his club teammate Cristiano Ronaldo insisted on giving the referee a red card. The whole incident was captured on camera. After receiving a red card, Rooney had to leave the field and in the end, the match was lost to England at Tiebreaker. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo became the eyesore of English football fans. It is one of the famous red cards of the Football World Cup.
Josip Simunic, 2006 World Cup
Josip Simunic is the only footballer in the world to have seen three yellow cards in the same match and left the field after receiving three yellow cards. However, it was due to a slight mistake of the referee. But this little forgetfulness of the referee has made Josip Simunic’s red card famous. In 2006, against Australia, Croatian defender Simunic was shown a yellow card for the first time in the 61st minute of the match.
Then he got the yellow card for the second time in 90 minutes. But referee Graham Poll, Simunic was replaced by Craig Moore, who played in Australia's number three jersey. The referee did not realize his mistake then. But at the end of the match when he realized his mistake he showed Simunic a yellow card for the third time. Josip Simunic has become the only player in the world to leave the field of yellow card three times.
Luis Suárez, 2010 World Cup
Luis Suárez, one of the 'bad boys of football, has given birth to many famous, criticized, and controversial events in the World Cup. Luis Suárez's most controversial incidents include scoring a goal against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup and biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup. He was bitten and banned.
But he had to leave the field after seeing a red card for blocking a goal against Ghana in the World Cup. However, in the end, Uruguay won the match in a tiebreaker and advanced to the semifinals, and Suarez became a hero in his own country. The match between Ghana and Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time. Suárez repulsed an attack by Ghana at the very moment when the goal went into the goal post. The referee sent him off the field with a red card for his work and gave Ghana a penalty. But Asamoah Gyan failed to score from the penalty spot. In the end, Luis Suárez lost to Uruguay in the Ghana tiebreaker, which caused controversy in many parts of the world, including Ghanaian fans. It is one of the famous red cards of the Football World Cup.
David Beckham, 1998 World Cup
The match between England and Argentina has been one of the most exciting since the Falklands War and Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' at the 1986 World Cup, and it doesn't matter if it's on the World Cup stage. Argentina and England face off in the second round of the 1998 World Cup.
In that match, the Argentine player and current Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone fouled David Beckham and David Beckham warmed his head and kicked Diego Simeone in the leg while he was lying on the field. The referee sees the matter very closely and he tells the two of them to get up first. Referee Diego Simeone was shown a yellow card and David Beckham was shown a red card and sent off.
England lost 4-3 to Argentina in a tiebreaker after the match ended 2-2 in regulation and extra time. David Beckham became a villain to the people of his country as England lost in the end due to this scandal. He was even threatened with death and it is one of the famous red cards of the Football World Cup.
Zinedine Zidane, 2006 World Cup
Not only the 2006 World Cup, but Zinedine Zidane's red card has become the most famous in the history of the World Cup. In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Zinedine Zidane single-handedly led his country France to the final. But in the final, the referee sent Zidane off the field with a red card for punching Italy's Marco Materazzi in the head. In the end, France lost to Italy in Tribeca and lost the World Cup title.
It was later revealed that Marco Materazzi had punched Zinedine Zidane in the head for insulting Zinedine Zidane's sister. If Zinedine Zidane had finally played in that match, history might have been written differently. But Zinedine Zidane is a player who has made a lasting place in the hearts of the fans even after his work