World football history has had its fair share of outrageous moments and reactions involving players being sent off.
Most of these red cards are famous for a lot of different and sometimes complicated reasons.
Mario Balotelli has been of good behaviour in recent times, but after being sent-off in his recent game, we take a look at the most ridiculous and controversial red cards in football history.
Javier Mascherano - Kicked a medic for going too fast
David Becham –lashing out at Diego Simeone
Player show referee redcard
Salih Dursun of Trabzonspor (Turkey) was fed up with the referee’s performance in a match against Galatasaray and decided to take matters into his own hands
Neymar sent off for wearing a mask of his own face
Gonzalo Higuain attacking referee after being red carded in Napoli’s 3-1 defeat to Udinese
Aleksander Song for elbowing Mandzukic
Ex Chelsea player Ramires handed a four-game ban by Chinese FA for angrily chasing a referee following red card in Chinese League
Eden Hazard - Kicked a time-wasting ball boy in a shameful capital one incident
Kieron Dyer onfield punch-up with his own teammate Lee Bowyer- New Castle vs Aston Villa 2005
Michael Essien’s Ac Milan red card vs Udinese. His facial reaction is priceless
Antonio Valencia vs Raheem Sterling in a violent bust-up
Neymar vs Carlos Bacca after kicking a ball furiously against a Columbian and headbutting another
Ivory Coast football player Serge Djiehoua, shown the world’s fastest red card just 3 seconds after entering the field vs Olimpyakos Volos
Jose Jimenez - throwing a wandering dog back into the crowd over into a chain-link fence. He ended up getting kicked off the team
Sergio Ramos attacks on puyol and xavi in Barcelona’s 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid in El Classico
Ghana international Sulley Muntari suspended and fined 10,000 Euros after furiously attacking referee off in Milan's draw with Roma
Zinedine Zidane, the infamous headbutting of marco materazzi
Written by Michael Adusei