Just reading up on some of the old intercontinental matches in the 60's and realized that football used to be even more mental than I thought. Examples.. 1967: Celtic vs Racing Club, in a match later called 'The Battle of Montenegro' where no less than 6 players were sent off, one player (Celtic's Lennox) was dismissed despite not actually being involved in the incident. The referee had apparently told the teams that if they didn't calm down he'd send off Racing's number 6 and Celtic's number 8 regardless of whether it was them who commited the foul. Lennox tried to stay on the pitch but was led off by a policeman waving a sword.. In the same match Celtic's Bertie Auld was sent off, but refused to leave the pitch and just played the rest of the game anyway. In the previous leg, the Celtic goalkeeper wasn't even able to start the game, as someone in the crowd shot him in the head with a rock from a catapult. 1968: Manchester United vs Estudiantes: After a previous England-Argentina match had been bad tempered, the Estudiantes manager had vilified Nobby Stiles before the game calling him an assassin and "brutal, badly intentioned and a bad sportsman". As the game progressed, Stiles came under attack by the Estudiantes players, receiving punches, kicks and even headbutts. Stiles refused to retaliate despite receiving no protection from the referee. At one point the linesman reported Stiles to the referee for 'standing too close' to another player. Eventually Stiles did retaliate to a brutal challenge, and was immediately sent off. Bobby Charlton received stitches for a 'serious head wound'. In the second leg at Old Trafford Willie Morgan elbowed José Hugo Medina in the face. George Best was then sent off for punching Medina again in the face. Another United player punched another player in the face after the final whistle after Estudiantes had won the game. The Estudiantes players were prevented from doing a lap of honour by the crowd throwing a shower of coins at them. Matt Busby later declared "Argentineans should be banned from all competitive football". 1969: AC Milan vs Estudiantes: In a match marred by violence, the match featured two Milan players being seriously assaulted. Nestor Combin had been born Argentinian but held French nationality, played for France and played his club football in Milan. Surprisingly this made him unpopular with the Argentine crowd and players. AC Milan had won the first leg in Milan 3-0, and Estudiantes set to work to make the return leg as uncomfortable as possible, kicking balls at the Milan players as they warmed up after the Estudiantes fans had poured coffee on the Milanese as they entered the field. In the first half Milan's Pierino Prati was knocked unconscious by the Argentine goalkeeper Alberto Polletti and left the field injured. Unusually this happened near the halfway line, as Estudiantes were taking a corner. Milan made the mistake of going on to score a goal, leading to Combin having his nose and cheekbone broken by a vengeful Estudiantes elbow amid countless other assaults and vicious fouls including Poletti punching Milan's 'Golden Boy' Gianni Rivera. Combin undoubtedly got the worst of the days action, finishing the game like this.. To add insult to injury, as he was stretchered from the field, the Argentine police handcuffed him and arrested him for 'draft dodging'. He spent the night in jail before pressure was placed on the Argentine government to force his release. After a mass outcry Estudiantes goalkeeper Poletti received a 30 day jail sentence and a lifetime ban from football and two other Argentine players received 30 days in jail and 20 year bans. Anyone else got some interesting examples of how batshit mental football used to be?