Top 5 biggest fights during FIFA World Cup

Top 5 biggest fights during FIFA World Cup

While the players strive to keep the game as clean as possible, tensions can rise to the point where players from opposing teams, or even the same teams, clash with one another. Here are the top  biggest fights during the FIFA World Cup.

#5 West Germany vs. Holland, 1990. West Germany player Rijkaard and Voller clashed after Voller collided with Dutch goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen and Rijkaard stamped on him in retaliation. Both Voller and Rijkaard were sent off, and as the Dutchman passed his opponent, he spat.

#4  England v Colombia, 2018 Referee Mark Geiger brandished eight yellow cards, six of them to Colombian player, as the last-16 tie in Moscow threatened to get out of control..

#3  1966 England vs. Argentina The hosts alleged Argentina of dirty tricks such as spitting and pulling the ears of England players when the referee was not looking. Argentina were dubbed "animals" by England manager Alf Ramsey following a contentious quarter-final at Wembley Stadium in which the South American captain Antonio Rattin refused to leave the field after being sent off.

#2 Spain vs. Holland, 2010 English referee Howard Webb issued a World Cup final record 14 cards, along with a red card to Holland's Johnny Heitinga, but was still chastised for being too considerate as the Dutch neglected their purist football to try to stop Spain's tiki-taka with force.

#1 Zidane headbutt The most infamous and heinous fight in football history was undoubtedly when France's Zinedine Zidane lost his cool and head-butted Italy's Marco Materazzi in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final. As a result of the head-butt, Zidane was immediately sent off, and Italy went on to win the World Cup in a penalty shoot-out.