Top 5 hilarious Red Cards in Football History

Football is one such sport which has an ocean of fans across the globe. Be it a club match or a FIFA game, and this sport never fails to entertain its audience. Football is considered the most attacking field game globally. When it comes to scoring a goal for your team, a player puts in all their efforts. It may get challenging in some matches, and to deal with such situations, the world federation committee has issued some general rules. One such rule is that of the red card. Although in order to get this card, a player needs to have tackled any other player roughly or have misbehaved in the field, there have been situations when it was given for hilarious reasons.

Red Card is the marching orders from the referee to the player to get off the field due to breaking the game’s code of conduct. Red Cards have become common in almost every league of the world in the modern football era, with a strong defender breaking the head or legs of a skinny striker or the goalkeeper trying to save the ball to enter into the goalpost hits the striker brutally. These incidents are generally unintentional, but it costs the aggrieved person to be out of the league or tournament for some days or weeks due to some brutal injuries. The hitter suffers a ban to play the current game or the next few matches.

5 Reasons when the red card was awarded for hilarious reasons

Following is the list of top five hilarious incidents when the players were given red cards in football history:

  1. Yova Viv (Maccabi Tel Aviv V/s Stoke City)

The Potters (Stoke City) already had Cameron James out of the field just before half-time when Stoke City had a lead of 3-0, giving Tel Aviv a one-man advantage. The last hope for Tel Aviv got evaporated after 55 minutes. Israeli international defender Yova Viv clashed with striker Ryan Shotton which loosened his laces and kicked his boots at the linesman. He was given a red card, and Stoke City won the match by 3-0.

  1. Samuel Inkoom (FC Karpaty Lviv V/s FC Samtredia)

Ghana International player Samuel Inkoom bags the second position in this ridiculous red card list. The 22-year old defender was already on a yellow card. Inkoom was walking off the field and removed his T-shirt before he left the ground. Thus, the referee showed him a second yellow card then finally a red card. The absurd removal of Inkoom from the match also implied that awaiting substitute Evgeniy Shakhov could not join the team, which left Samtredia with just nine players.

  1. Mbark Moussoufa (FC Anzhi Makhachkala V/s Zenit St. Petersburg)

Morocco international player Mbark Moussoufa played an excellent part in a goalless draw against Zenit St. Petersburg. At the 81st minute, the referee gave a free-kick to Anzhi Makhachkala, which was taken by Moussoufa. He hit the ball casually into the air, but it hit the official on the back. The official, in anger, swiftly whipped out a red card to Moussoufa.

  1. Josip Simunic (Croatia V/s Australia)

A classic bad-tempered group match in the World Cup happened between Croatia and Australia when English referee Graham Poll made a big mistake with his decision. Having already showed Croatia’s Simunic a yellow card at the 61st minute; Poll once again showed a second yellow card to Simunic for a nasty foul on Mark Viduka in the 89th minute. The mistake made by him was that he thought it was the first warning given to the Croatian. It created a lot of mishaps and controversy between the players, but Poll did not listen to any of the appeals of the Australians. He restarted the game again with Simunic still on the field. But once again, Simunic booked himself a third football foul for dissent against Poll and finally earned a red card.

  1. Robinho (Real Madrid V/s Sevilla)

In his second season with Real Madrid, Brazilian youngster Robinho was trying to impress and win over the critics. Some considered him as a luxury- all tricks but a little outcome. Robinho finally put up a crucial goal at the 77th minute to give Madrid a lead of 2-1 by removing his shirt and twirling it in front of the crowd. Unfortunately, he booked himself with another yellow card and eventually a red card for this football foul. Fortunately, Madrid was able to win the match with 3-2 and went on to seal the 2006-07 title.


The removal of a player from the field through a red card creates a psychological benefit for the opponent. But at the same time, it also motivates the rest of the ten players to give their best, thus building a strong defensive formation with enhanced spirit. The decreasing size of the group with augmented pressure leads to a strong mindset of the team and the teammate’s sending off gives a boost to them to put in their best effort.

The increasing number of red cards exhibits the aggressiveness and agility of the game. Players have become so brutal and abusive that they forget the ethics and morals of the game. It leaves many players battling with injuries that can cost their future for the game. There have been many decisions where referees have given wrong calls for football fouls. There should be reviews available to the teams to challenge the decisions of on-field referees, like other games. This would enhance apt decision making and transparency in fairness to the game.

Research shows that teams behind in score goals are likely to be confronted with a red card. The sending off a player builds significant pressure upon the team on whom the red card is sanctioned. Though the ‘ten can do it better’ theory also exists. Still, practically it builds up pressure on the team as the lesser number of members implies significant changes in tactics and formations, which becomes a difficult task during the game.


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