What a week it’s been for on-pitch tantrums! Costa, Ronaldo, Mexès, Defour, Turan…all of these meltdowns are detailed below, along with five more startling bouts from the season so far.
DISCLAIMER: We do not condone any of the following acts of violence. If you’re a budding footballer, don’t do this sort of thing because you’ll end up banned and looking like a bit of a pillock.
Diego Costa stamps v Liverpool
The Chelsea striker left his imprints on both Emre Can and Martin Škrtel during Tuesday night’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, actions for which he has since been charged…
Cristiano Ronaldo kicks out at Córdoba defender Edimar
Having already been lucky enough to escape unpunished for a punch on José Ángel Crespo, the Real Madrid then incurred a decidedly lenient two-match ban for the following altercation…
Philippe Mexès grabs Stefano Mauri by the throat
Steven Defour boots ball at Standard Liège fans
Arda Turan throws boot at linesman
The Atlético Madrid midfielder didn’t take at all well to being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona…
Turan is no Alex Ferguson with his boot…https://t.co/aeKVkKjtu8
— William Hill Betting (@WillHillBet) January 28, 2015
Serbia v Albania
When a drone flew over the pitch carrying a political message on behalf of Albania, Serbian defender Stefan Mitrović pulled the banner down and sparked the mother of all football-related brouhahas…
Argentine football brawl
This game had to be cancelled after the referee doled out no less than twelve red cards. Can’t say we blame him – this one’s an all-out Royal Rumble…
Wilshere v Fellaini
Is Fellaini mouthing “referee!” or “what the f***?” there?
Brandão headbutt on Thiago Motta
Technically off-the-pitch, but still – the Brazilian was jailed for this…
Stay tuned for more on-pitch tantrums! You know, hopefully not…but probably.