Arda Turan: When Turkey Superstar Threw His Boot at Ref and Somehow Avoided Red Card

Arda Turan: When Turkey Superstar Threw His Boot at Ref and Somehow Avoided Red Card

Rene Otinga
March 21, 2023 at 3:12 PM
  • Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic faces a lengthy ban for manhandling the referee
  • The Serbian has been charged with violent and improper conduct
  • In the past, there have been past incidents of player aggression towards match officials

In the world of football, there is always a chance that fans will witness a moment of madness.

This was evident on Sunday, March 19, when Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic received his marching orders for aggressive behavior towards the match official.

In a disastrous three minutes for the Cottages, they received three red cards, including one for their manager Marco Silva as tempers flared, as per BBC.

For modern fans, that is as crazy as it gets on the football pitch, but those with long memories will recall an incident in 2015, in La Liga that was more than mouth-dropping.

Arda Turan
Arda Turan during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Bernabeu on April 22, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Evrim Aydin.
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It was in January 2015 in a Copa del Rey clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Los Colchoneros were growing increasingly frustrated as they were losing the game 3-2 (4-2 on aggregate).

In the second half, Turan, who was clearly losing his mind as the game progressed, somehow took out his anger at the linesman, taking off his boot and hurling it in the direction of the stunned match official, as reported on Bleacher Report.

While the boot did not hit the linesman, Turan was clearly on the wrong as per the football laws but somehow escaped with nothing but a yellow card.

At the time, the incident was quite meme-worthy, and it led to some hilarious banter on social media.

It is kind to note that Turan has had a history of flying off the handle as far as his temper is concerned.During a loan spell at Istanbul Basaksehir. Turan received a 16-match ban for shoving the referee.

Other players who have shoved the referee

Sports Brief also reported on an interesting list of other players who have previously shoved the referee.

Man-handling the referee tends to have severe consequences, and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paolo Di Canio and Rick Karsdorp all learnt this the hard way.

Some of these players, somehow did not get sent off after the incident.

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