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Thursday 25 December 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".
Gennaro Gattuso
The little Italian is nicknamed the 'Rhino' and rightly so. He has a look that suggests he could take care of you (in the Mafia sense of the term) and his opponents will testify that the AC Milan general is made of bricks.
Robbie Savage
The blonde Welshman has the dubious honour of receiving more yellow cards than anyone else in the Premier League's history. The former Manchester United youth player was reviled by opponents and opposition fans wherever he went. His over-zealous style of football and his seeming need to get in the oppositions faces at any given opportunity marked him down as a seriously dirty player. The clip here sees Savage get a taste of his own medicine.
Joey Barton
The animosity felt towards the once England international is mainly due to his off-field antics which have included a jail spell for beating up a teenager and stubbing a cigar out into the eyes of a team-mate at Manchester City. Yet even on the pitch he was regularly losing control, notably when he returned for Newcastle from a long lay-off only to be sent off straight away in a match against Liverpool.
Billy Bremner
A part of Don Revie's highly successful but ridiculously filthy Leeds team. The stout Scot epitomised the way the Yorkshire club went about their business as he charged around the pitch throwing in wild tackles and regularly finding himself hauled up in front of the referee. Bremner's place on the dirtiest footballers list could just of easily have been replaced by one of his Leeds team-mates, from Norman 'bite your legs' Hunter to Jack Charlton or John Giles.
Vinnie Jones
As a part of the 'Crazy Gang' at Wimbledon, Vinnie Jones was the meanest and most tough tackling of the lot. He was sent off 12 times in his career, second only to Roy Keane, and holds the record for the quickest booking which he received after just three seconds. Other notable episodes included grabbing Paul Gascoigne by his testicles and ending the career of Tottenham defender Gary Stevens with a vicious tackle.
Marco Materazzi
In his one season at Everton, Materazzi received three red cards. It was the Italian whose words provoked Zinedine Zidane to lose his head in the 2006 World Cup final. He delivered an infamously savage elbow to Juan Pablo Sorin during a Champions League game. Oh, and every week in Serie A, Materazzi commits one awful tackle after another.
Duncan Ferguson
The big Scot was sent off on eight occasions during his career, placing him in the top four bad-boys in terms of red-cards in the Premier League. The others on the list - Keane, Vieira and Vinnie Jones at least have the defence that they're combative midfielders - it's their job to be making tackles. Meanwhile Ferguson was a striker and had no place making tackles in the first place - let alone getting sent-off eight times for the bother.
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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