After AFC Croydon’s Louis Blake got sent off for dropping his pants in front of the referee against Colliers Wood United in an FA Cup preliminary round tie – having been asked to confirm that he had removed a pair of black boxers – we bring you five other memorable red cards.
Paolo Di Canio gives referee Paul Alcock a shove
Sunderland boss Di Canio – who is 11/2 to be the first Premier League manager to leave his job – was sent off after aiming a frenzy of kicks and slaps at Arsenal defender Martin Keown, in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 home win against the Gunners 15 years ago. As referee Paul Alcock brandished the red card, Di Canio gave him a forceful shove, which resulted in Alcock falling back comically before landing ten yards away. The Italian was banned for 11 matches and promptly moved to West Ham after serving his suspension.
Newcastle United teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer get into a ruck
There are few things in football more unedifying than the sight of two teammates scrapping and, when Dyer and Bowyer got stuck into each other a few minutes after Aston Villa had gone 3-0 up against the Magpies in their 2005 league clash, referee Barry Knight had no option but to give both players their marching orders.
Maccabi Tel Aviv defender Yoav Ziv kicks his boot off – and hits the linesman
With Stoke down to ten men after Cameron Jerome had been red-carded, Maccabi’s Yoav Ziv kicked his left boot – which had just been loosened off by a Ryan Shotton tackle – and struck the nearby linesman, resulting in his immediate dismissal as the Potters went on to win this 2011/2012 Europa League group match 3-0.
Keith Gillespie receives the Premier League’s fastest ever red card
Gillespie’s dismissal in Sheffield United’s 2007 clash against Reading – for elbowing Stephen Hunt during a tussle with the Republic of Ireland winger – came just 12 seconds after he took to the pitch as a substitute, with the ball not even reaching play while the former Newcastle man was on the field.
‘Take that…’: Roy Keane gets his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland
Midfield hardman Keane went studs-up on Haaland’s left knee in this 2001 Manchester derby and the Manchester United legend’s subsequent admission in his autobiography that he had been waiting to get the Norwegian defender back for accusing him of faking an injury in 1997, earned Keane an extra five-match ban, on top of the initial three-game suspension.