The figure was the highest amount of dismissals for one weekend in over a decade of Premier League football.
The Sport Review takes a look at five of the worst fouls of 2009, not just in England but around Europe too. All are worthy of a straight red. This feature isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t for the faint hearted Ã¢â‚¬â€ you have been warned.
1. The eagerly-anticipated game between Anderlecht and Standard Liege will be remembered the tackle from Axel Witsel on AnderlechtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Polish defender Marcin Wasilewski broke his right leg. The tackle came midway through the first half and earned Witsel a straight red card. Wasilewski is expected to miss the rest of the season.
2. After receiving a push from Real MadridÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pepe, GetafeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Javier Casquero promptly tumbles to the ground inside the penalty area. A disgruntled Pepe unleashes his frustrations on Casquero, kicking him twice, while also stamping on the playerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leg.
3. One of the worst tackles of 2009 came when Newcastle United clashed with Everton at St. James’ Park earlier in the year. Kevin NolanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reckless tackle left Toffee striker Victor Anichebe in agony.
“I’ve never felt as much pain in my life,” said Anichebe. “I thought I’d broken my leg. I couldn’t even look down, to be fair. It was a terrible tackle.Ã¢â‚¬Â
4. Who needs enemies when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got friends like these? Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie may not have been the best of mates during AdebayorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time at the Emirates but after this apparent stamp on his former team-mate, the pair certainly wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be exchanging Christmas cards.
5. How often have football fans across the globe seen Cristiano Ronaldo theatrically fall to the turf? However on this occasion, he is felled by a horrific tackle by JuventusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Zedenek Grygera. The reaction of Ronaldo is notable, instead of rolling on the ground, he remains rigid.
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