Where there is fire there is most definitely smoke. When it comes to football brawls, the two seem to go hand in hand. After all the struggles on the pitch often lead to increasing pressure which does tend to spill over on occasions.
At the end of the day, when players cross that white line it is simply a case of the toughest will only survive. In fact, players and teams will stoop to any level sometimes in order to manufacture a victory. This in turn can lead to growing frustration as far as the opposition is concerned. This is because players will adopt a number of different measures to ensure a win.
One major aspect which needs to be taken into consideration is time wasting. Whether it is a defender or a goal keeper, time wasting can be an effective measuring in riling the opposition. On the other hand, simulation or diving can be another way in which players can wind up an opposing player. The more these tactics are carried out, the more a player will become aggravated by the situation. This is especially the case if a side is down in a game or the match is well into overtime.
It can cause a heat of the moment situation where tempers become flared, whilst managers have also become entangled in on field activities. Take for example Jose Mourinho who poked the eye of former Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova during his tenure at Real Madrid.
From a controversial sliding tackle to ungentlemanly conduct, a manager or a player can fly off the handle at any given time. Yet, the ugly side of football has reared its ugly head on occasion. Here is the rundown of the top 10 biggest brawls of all time.
10 Serbia U21 vs. England U21
9 Ricardo Fuller vs. Andy Griffin
Not only are teams guilty of brawls but it can happen between team members too. One of the more famous episodes involved Andy Griffin and Jamaican international Ricardo Fuller. At the time, they were both playing for Stoke City but there was certainly no team spirit demonstrated during one particular game. Back in 2008, both turned out for the Potters in a loss to West Ham United.
8 Nacional vs. Penarol
7 Sheffield United vs West Bromwich Albion
6 Potiguar vs Baraúnas
5 Lee Bowyer vs Kieron Dyer
4 David Batty vs Graeme Le Saux
3 Manchester United vs Arsenal
2 Manchester United vs Arsenal (Part 2)
1 Teniente Farina vs Libertad
Without question, the game between Paraguayan rivals Teniente Farina and Libertad goes down as the ultimate brawl in anyone’s language. Taking place in Caacupe, the referee played his part in the mad scenes which followed. After the referee had sent just two men off, events unfolded that will certainly never be repeated again. After the ensuing foul play, the referee as well as assistant referees had little choice but to flee as things became uncontrollable. In the end, the match ended with a total of a whopping 36 players receiving their marching orders.
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