Football Matches With Most Number of Cards

Cards shown to players in football matches are common but, in some matches, too many cards were awarded to several players from both teams

Football is a contact sport, and often players indulge in tackles. However, some encounters are misjudged by the players or are done intentionally because of which the playersare booked with cards. This is a common phenomenon in football. However, in the history of football, there are some matches in which the referees displayed too many cards. In this clickbait, we have listed the football matches with the greatest number of bookings. 

Portuguese vs. the Netherlands- In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the two nations waged war against each other on the pitch. Apart from playing football, the nations did everything. However, the best part was racking up cards. Yellows, reds; they received everything. Russian referee Valentin Ivanov showed 16 yellow cards and four reds. Khalid Boulahrouz, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Costinha and Deco were the players who were booked with red cards. 

Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray- Arch-rivals, the match between these two teams is known for nasty fights and banters. However, in 2012, a match between these two teams turned into a disastrous event. The referee displayed two reds and fourteen yellow cards. Not to forget, in 2002, Fenerbahce defeated Galatasaray with 1-0 because Galatasaray had four players sent off. 

Madrid vs. Osasuna- The year was 2007 and team Osasuna visited the Vicente Calderón Stadium of Atletico Madrid only to display horrible disciplinary actions on the field. The team did not just lose the match against Madrid but four players of their team were shown red cards. Players such as Carlos Cuellar, Roberto Soldado and Ricardo Lopez were kicked out of the field in the second half. The fourth and final red card was shown to legendary player Raul Gonzalez in the 96th minute of the game. 

Chesterfield vs. Plymouth- Both these teams did not come for a football match on that day in 1997 but for a wrestling match. First, a Plymouth player was shown a red card for a horrible challenge. However, that was just the beginning. Bruce Grobbelaar, the Plymouth goalkeeper, went down because of a nasty challenge by a Chesterfield man. The Plymouth team did not take it light-heartedly and within seconds, the two teams engaged in a terrible brawl. The referee got agitated with the behaviour of the players and displayed four red cards, taking the total tally to five. 

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