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From Zidane's headbutt to Terry's knee: The stupidest red cards of all time

From Zidane's headbutt to Terry's knee: The stupidest red cards of all time

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The Chelsea skipper was given his marching orders for striking Alexis Sanchez's back during the Blues' famous win over Barcelona and Goal.com looks at other crazy dismissals

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By Stephen Darwin


In what was a moment of absolute madness, John Terry's decision to raise his knee to Alexis Sanchez's back after 37 minutes of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona was undoubtedly one of the craziest red cards in the history of the competition.

If he thought that missed penalty in Moscow back in the 2008 final was enough of a burden, the sending off against Barca would have surely haunted the Blues skipper for the rest of his life had his team-mates failed to hold out against the constant barrage of Barca attacks.

Fortunately for Terry, an heroic defensive display and two moments of inspiration from Ramires and Fernando Torres saved the England centre-back's bacon but after what can only be described as sheer stupidity on the part of the 31-year-old defender, Goal.com takes a look at nine other ridiculous red cards.

BECKHAM LASHES OUT (1998)

Argie bargie | Beckham's infamous trip on Simeone in the 1998 World Cup


CARRAGHER IN COIN CONTROVERSY (2002)

Carra-grrr | The Liverpool defender is dismissed for throwing a coin at the Arsenal fans


BOWYER & DYER EXCHANGE BLOWS (2005)

Infighting | Newcastle duo both see red for their on-field scrap against Villa


A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ROONEY (2005)

Claps the way to do it | Rooney applauds his way into a red card against Villarreal


ROBBEN'S LACK OF CROWD CONTROL (2006)

One for the fans | Robben is sent off shortly after scoring the winner at Sunderland


ROONEY RUBBER-STAMPS ENGLAND EXIT (2006)

Stamparooney | Rooney is sent off for a stamp on Portugal's Carvalho


ZIDANE LOSES HIS HEAD (2006)

Butting in | Zidane's headbutt on Materazzi earned him a World Cup final red card


SCHOLES' HANDY WORK LANDS HIM IN TROUBLE (2008)

Give him a hand | Scholes is shown a second yellow for palming the ball into the Zenit net


SLAP-AN IBRAHIMOVIC (2012)

A Swede in a pickle | Ibrahimovic is sent off for slapping Aronica during a Serie A match


TERRY'S KNEED-LESS RED CARD (2012)

Not Terry good | Chelsea skipper sees red for a knee to Alexis Sanchez's back


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