Everyone knows you run the risk of being punished when you mouth off to a referee, but what happens when it’s your butt cheeks that do the talking? A Swedish player recently discovered that to at least one ref, hot air emitting from your backside can earn you a red card just as quickly.
Welcome to the Oceania Champions League, where the stakes are high, the fuses are short, and the goals and red cards flow in almost equal measure. The above highlights come from a match between Kiwi FC and Nadi FA, which began like any other soccer match, only to eventually devolve into chaos.
Trabzonspor defender Salih Dursun is a man of principle. Entirely dissatisfied with the quality of refereeing on display in a match against Galatasaray, he decided to take action.
Referee Felix Zwayer took his officiating crew off the pitch after Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt earned an ejection but refused to leave during today’s match against Dortmund.
Jermaine Jones, German-born USMNTer currently in MLS to get some checks and play whatever position he wants, has a history of getting heated and falling ass first into some stupid red cards. Back at Schalke, he got suspended for two months for stomping on Marco Reus’s foot.
Abby Wambach botched a penalty kick awarded after Colombian keeper Catalina Pérez earned a red card for bringing Alex Morgan down on the inside edge of the box, and a lackluster performance by the U.S. seemed to have its lacklustiest moment until a lucky break when Morgan snuck one past replacement keeper Stefany…
Colombia beat Brazil 1-0 last night in the Copa América, Los Cafeteros’ first win over the South American giants since 1991. But instead of the impressiveness of the feat (and Brazil’s continued struggles) taking center stage, the kerfuffle that broke out after the final whistle has overshadowed the game.
Things got weird in the final minutes of today’s China-New Zealand match as Chinese manager Hao Wei earned an ejection for interfering with a Kiwi player who was attempting a throw-in. All China needed under the circumstances was a draw to advance, and they got it; one can reasonably assume Hao was trying to waste…
Sounders 2 defeated L.A. Galaxy II 1-0 last night in exciting USL action, but it was a slightly abbreviated evening for Sérgio Mota as the Brazilian midfielder earned a sending-off from the third-tier soccer match after hammering his opponent’s balls with both feet.
Fenerbahçe needed a win today at Istanbul Basaksehir to keep their hopes alive of beating rival Galatasaray for the Turkish Süper Lig title. Instead, they earned four red cards and managed a 2-2 draw with only seven players left on the pitch. One of those reds came from a substitute, Pierre Webo, who delivered some…
Today’s Serie A match between Juventus and Napoli ended with a red card for Miguel Britos after the Uruguayan delivered his skull straight to Álvaro Morata’s nose. Morata ended up with a bloody face, but the 3-1 win after the referee awarded a penalty for the incident.
Okay, you’re losing, and it’s at home, and maybe you feel the first straight red shown to one of your players was harsh, but Jesus, guys, get ahold of yourselves.
Internacional's Fabrício is sort of like the Brazilian soccer league's Ron Artest, apparently. In his newest display of losing his mind on the pitch, the full back stopped playing in the middle of a game to shout at fans for booing him, then waved two middle fingers at his verbal assailants before the ref came to send…
If you add it up, Máximo Banguera of Barcelona SC spends nearly two minutes pretending to be dead to the world in between a late tackle on an Atlético Nacional player and when the ref finally shows him the red card he was obviously trying to avoid.
The world's top soccer player earned a straight red today at Córdoba after the referee caught him kicking and later slapping opponents late in Real Madrid's La Liga match.
It’s an interesting question, one that Guingamp’s Benjamin Angoua tried valiantly to answer this weekend when, as the ref tried to show a red to a teammate, Angoua nipped and slapped at the card, hoping the ref would either listen to reason or get tired of trying to snatch the damn thing out of the air.
We're only a quarter of the way through this round of the Champions League, but by far the two best ties—Barcelona vs. Manchester City and Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal—are all but technically over. And while neither result is necessarily surprising, it's unfortunate that both matches turned on the controversial red…
"Sorry" doesn't put the teeth back in the jaw, or reset the broken nose. Still, it's a good start toward sportsmanship! The incident, from a Utah high school soccer game a couple weeks ago, managed to go viral when video of Petiola Manu going all Great Muta on Makenzie Clark's face made the local news. Now Manu…