World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: One, two, three yellow playing cards

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s notice: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a unique reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with the referee’s counting mistake.

What’s the worst officiating blunder in World Cup historical past?

Maradona’s Hand of God most likely takes first prize. Nigel de Jong’s Kung fu kick on Xabi Alonso within the 2010 last, for which referee Howard Webb brandished solely a yellow card, is up there, too.

So is an error by one other English ref. In Germany in 2006, Graham Ballot confirmed Croatian defender Josip Šimunić three yellow playing cards earlier than sending him off in stoppage time of the Croats Group F finale in opposition to Australia.

It was the final World Cup recreation Ballot ever labored; he requested to not be thought-about for future tournaments on account of his unforgettable mistake.

You may get three yellow playing cards?

Josip Šimunić was famously awarded three yellow playing cards as Croatia took on Australia.

One of the main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has coated United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.


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