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The 3 Worst Tackles in EPL History Pow! Crash! Whamm!

September 07, 2015

- Grant Whittington

If you listen to experts, football is fast becoming a non-contact sport with even the most insignificant of fouls punished by referees.

This does not stop passions boiling over during Premier League games, however, and the modern era has still seen some reckless challenges that have seriously injured players and in some instances impacted on players for the remainder of their careers.

In fact, many new bookmakers will actually allow you to place a wager on the number of red or yellow cards to be dished out over the course of 90 minutes.

This being the case, let’s take a look at three of the worst fouls from the EPL era and the impact that they have had on the unfortunate recipients:

Kevin Nolan on Victor Anichebe, Newcastle v Everton, Feb 2009

To call this a tackle seems a little kind, as this act of aggression from Newcastle captain Nolan was more of a stamp and a violent act of assault. Bringing his studs forcibly down on his opponent with little consideration for the ball, he seemed surprised to be sent off despite the horrific and premeditated nature of the challenge. Anichebe missed 11 months of action due to the injuries sustained, and subsequently successfully sued Newcastle United for loss of earnings.

Roy Keane on Alfe-Inge Haaland, Manchester United v Manchester City, April 2001 

These two had history dating back to 1997, after a tussle between the pair left Keane writhing around on the floor with a cruciate ligament injury. The United captain had plenty of time to plan his revenge of Haaland, who had leaned over the prostate Keane and insulted him as he contemplated his agony. When the two met in April 2001 during the Manchester derby, Keane picked his moment to perfection and floored Haaland with a knee-high tackle. Keane even left the field with a few choice words for his adversary, and while Haaland scarcely played professionally again it should be noted that he also experienced significant issues with his other knee.

Martin Taylor on Eduardo, Birmingham v Arsenal, Feb 2008

Perhaps the most famous tackle in EPL history, skilful Croatian forward Eduardo was left with a compound fracture to his left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle by Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor. While it was genuinely considered to be a result of clumsy and cumbersome play rather than anything malicious, the tackle had a huge impact on both the players and the Arsenal team. The Gunners, who five points clear at the top of the EPL at the time, reacted badly to the injury and embarked on a run of form that ended their title chances. As for the player, he was out for 11 months and never quite attained the same level before being sold in the summer of 2010.

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