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15Graham Poll 3 Yellow Cards

Croatian defender Josip Simunic could not believe his luck. When his side was taking on Australia in a crucial group stage match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the defender was shown a cautionary yellow card not once, not twice, but thrice. Even those who are not soccer aficionados will tell you that two yellows equal a red and an instant dismissal. Fortunately for the Socceroos it didn’t cost them qualification to the knock out stages with the 2-2 draw enough to see them through, but it forever damaged the legacy of Poll’s career and highlighted how flustered an official can get under pressure.

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