Football used to be very, very mental

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    Kentonio Full Member

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    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..

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    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? :)
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    horsechoker Sailor vee, this is a right off.

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    Revan Full Member

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    fecking hell. This was ridiculous to read, never mind to actually experience that.
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    Raees Sporty Guy

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    Euro 1968 Semi Final (USSR v ITALY)

    Of course, there is little material difference between the drawing of lots and the coin toss -- they are merely two slightly different ways of allowing random chance to determine an outcome. The coin toss has been used on plenty of occasions to decide something more than the kickoff or who uses the home dressing room, but by far the most important and high-profile occurrence was the semifinal of the 1968 European Championships.

    Italy and the USSR could not be split despite 120 minutes of play -- the game ending 0-0 after extra time -- so with the trusty old penalty shootout not introduced until two years later, the rules stated a coin toss would determine the victors. The match officials scuttled off pretty quickly, not wanting to be the ones to decide such a huge game in such a silly way, so it fell to a Senor Pujols, the UEFA official on duty, to do the honours.

    After some argument about the currency of coin used (a peseta, a ruble and a dollar were all apparently rejected), Pujols flipped a Dutch guilder into the air; Soviet captain Albert Shesternyov called heads but it came down tails, sending Italy through to the final. Rumour has it that was actually the second attempt at the toss after the first coin had disappeared under a grate. Later, one of the match officials supposedly went to recover the original coin, which lay there with the head staring straight upwards. On such fine and random margins, these things are decided.
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    Raees Sporty Guy

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    Think goals disallowed pre-goal line technology will come across as mental to future generations. Technology was there and people refusing to use it is crazy.
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    King7Eric Full Member

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    This is epic. Can totally see someone like Zlatan trying to pull this off. :smirk::smirk::smirk:
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    Mr Smith Full Member

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    Brilliant post :lol: nothing like a bonkers football story from yesteryear.
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    Needham Full Member

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    Heard about a pizza being thrown in a tunnel once.
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    OutOfTowner JCL Daytripping WUM

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    This one came to my mind immediately upon reading this:

    Italy v Chile "The Battle of Santiago"

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    Kentonio Full Member

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    Jesus christ, that kick to the head!! :eek::nervous:
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    Pogue Mahone Poster of the year 2008

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    This was pretty mental to watch.
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    Kentonio Full Member

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    Haha, I remember that happening at the time. It was ridiculously bizarre. :lol:
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    OutOfTowner JCL Daytripping WUM

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    Yeah man, no holding back. We're all talking recently about Mane but at least that was accidental. That kick there was absolutely deliberate and cold-blooded. An absolute farce and Ken Aston was pretty much a spectator trying to ref a brawl. You'd never get that these days. :lol:
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    Random Task Full Member

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    Some cracking footage in this one. Pretty crazy stuff to boot.

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    Schneckerl New Member

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    @2:12

    harsh decision to sent him off, he was watching the ball
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    ivaldo Mediocre Horse Whisperer, s'up wid chew?

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    That video is ducking epic. :lol:
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    OutOfTowner JCL Daytripping WUM

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    And that act of stupidity left Newcastle two men down, further enforcing that ridiculousness.
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    OutOfTowner JCL Daytripping WUM

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    Well by the letter of the law and all that...:lol:

    Man, so many killings. I mean we've seen matches devolve into kicking matches but this is just another level entirely.:lol:
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    If someone came at me wearing those tight short shorts, I would not be able to take them seriously.
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    Yellow card :)

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    "Certainly a booking" :lol:
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    SaintTresano Cartoon expert

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    :lol: The way Italy played is how I play FIFA when I'm losing by a lot.
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    Pat_Mustard Full Member

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    A never-nude? I thought he just liked cut-offs.
    :lol: Auld was a very good player and also a mentalist:

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    The cheek of Souness to claim he was fouled!! :lol:
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    If Zlatan played against Estudiantes in the 60s, he'd have received a life sentence for murder
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    That knee :eek:

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    Btw, the battle of santiago shouldn't be that surprising since half our players were argentinians with italian citizenship :wenger:
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    Kentonio Full Member

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    It probably shouldn't be that surprising that football hooliganism was a thing, when they were going to watch stuff like this ON the pitch.. :houllier: