Football's Biggest Villains
Who better to start off with than the man who often put fear into his opponents with his aggressive style of play and hard hitting tackles. Standing second in the Premier League all time red card count, with 7, jones frequently saw red. Part of 'The Crazy Gang' at Wimbledon he would also upset teammates with pranks and sometimes harsh behaviour. Since retiring from football he has starred in films as a hard man and has also been involved in a bar fight in America where he got hit over the head with a bottle.
You either love him, or you hate him. Look for unpredictable in the dictionary and his name will be under it. In 2010 he was spotted with two Mafia members which only adds to his already bad boy image. Whilst at Manchester City he had training ground bust ups with Boateng, Kompany, Kolarov and Richards and also got fined for throwing darts at a youth player. He has crashed his car, blew fireworks up in his house and headed straight out the stadium and back to Italy when been substituted. More on field antics include him deliberately aiming a ferocious stamp at Scott Parker's head which missed him by millimetres.
Where do I even start with this man, effectively exiled out of England after a near massacre on the closing day of the 2011-2012 season when his QPR side took on Manchester City. That day Barton's side were staring relegation right in the face, and he would make the task harder by getting sent off. Barton lost his head, firstly by elbowing Tevez then kneeing Aguero and finishing with a headbutt on Kompany. He received a 12 match ban for his actions. Another example of his short temper is when he punched Morten Gamst Pedersen during a game he was playing for Newscatle. Barton has also spent time in prison for assault outside a UK nightclub.
Gattuso's nail biting tackles were what first got him noticed as a tough player, and his journey to become a true football villain is full of compelling stories. In 2003 Gattuso was sent off for giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic a 'backhander' during a champions league game. Tottenham coach Joe Jordan felt his fury in 2011 when he hurled abuse at him after a champions league game before fiercly headbutting him.
Roy Keane was a great footballer with a ferocious edge to his game. He was excellent at breaking up play, whether it be within the rules or not. Keane never shyed away from confrontation and here are just a few exaples of his irratic behaviour. Looking for revenge on Alfe-Inge Haland, Keane had his eyes on him in the 2001 Manchester Derby. After a horrific tackle on him Keane was sent off, and the following year when he released his autobiography he was in the headlines again. Keane had said in it 'I'd waited long enough. I f*****g hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you c**t. And don't ever stand over me sneering about fake injuries'. As well as his tackles Keane doesn't hold back with his words, and has been quoted criticising fellow players performances such as Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher.
On the 25th of January 1995 cantona done what probably most professionals have wanted to at some point in their career. After being sent off for kicking a player he was walking off the field when an opposing fan caught his attention by hurling abuse, Cantona then launched himself at the fan with a kick followed by a flurry of punches. He served 8 months of suspension from football and paid great sums of money as fines. As well as this incident Cantona had a very poor disciplinary record and was often on the wrong end of yellow and red cards.
An unbelievable talent who constantly brings his name into controversy. Suarez was banned for 8 games in 2011-2012 season and fined £40,000 for aiming racial slurs towards Patrice Evra. The next time they faced each other Suarez pulled away his hand in the pre game hand shake causing more of a stir, which he later apologised for. Suarez has gained a repuatation as a diver which he has both won penalties for and been cautioned on other occasions. He has also owned up to diving in a match against Stoke in order to try to win a penalty. Suarez is the ultimate of 'wind up players' by always nagging away at defenders, complaining to referees and often touching players faces to get them riled up. In a press conference David Moyes complained about his diving, which back fired when the next day Suarez scored against Everton. He ran half the length of the pitch to the managers box and performed a theatrical dive right in front of Moyes as his celebration. In the 2010 world cup Suarez acted as goalkeeper by hadling the ball on the line, which he was sent off for. However, Ghana missed the penalty they were awarded and Uruguay went on through to the semi-finals.