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Monday 22 September 2014

TeleBest: The dirtiest players in football

Elizabeth Lambert
Elizabeth Lambert was suspended from the University of New Mexico team after being seen hitting, kicking and, in one instance, pulling an opponent down by her hair during a game against Brigham Young University. She said: "My actions were uncalled for. I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation. I take full responsibility for my actions."
Roy Keane
The former Manchester United captain has built a reputation as one of the scariest men in football, achieved in no small part thanks to his wild tackles and confrontational behaviour. Most notoriously he admitted setting out to injure Alf Inge Haaland in a 'revenge' tackle (pictured) that put the Norwegian out of football for a lengthy spell (although it didn't end his career as it is sometimes reported). Keane also had long running feuds with his Arsenal counterpart Patrick Vieira and Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, who Keane once told: "you can stick it (the World Cup) up your bollocks".
Ron Harris
The Chelsea defenders reputation as a dirty player isn't helped by his nickname Ron 'Chopper' Harris. His most notorious display came in the 1970 FA Cup Final, a game that has gone down in legend as one of the most physical of all time. The game went to a replay and Harris' tackle on Eddie Gray after just eight minutes left the Leeds playmaker a virtual passenger for the rest of the match - which Chelsea would go on to win 2-1.

Hard-tackling, hair-pulling Elizabeth Lambert has become an internet sensation after a series of violent fouls were caught on camera.

Lambert's wild and aggressive behaviour must be some of the worst sportsmanship ever seen on a football pitch, but she's not the first footballer to take the contact element of the game to extremes.

Here we take a look at the players who perpetually committed bad tackles and were unnecessarily aggressive, earning themselves the tag of a 'dirty' footballer.

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