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Denizlispor Defender Özer Özdemir Sent Off For One Of The Worst Tackles In Football History

Denizlispor Defender Özer Özdemir Sent Off For One Of The Worst Tackles In Football History

My word.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare

Denizlispor full-back Özer Özdemir had us reminiscing about Nigel de Jong's flying kick on Xabi Alonso at the 2010 World Cup final with this one.

The 23-year-old was deservedly given a straight red card during the club's Super Lig defeat to Gaziantep at the weekend when he almost knocked his opponent out with a shocking kick of his own.

Özdemir was nowhere near the ball when he booted Junior Maranhao in the face and miraculously, the Brazilian defender only needed seven stitches to patch up the cut.

This could have been so much worse. Blimey.

In terms of the worst tackles in football history, Özdemir will certainly be up there but for many, Jason Cousins will take top spot for now.

Cousins had a reputation in football for his no nonsense, win at all costs approach to the game. In fact, he was nicknamed 'Psycho' by his teammates during his time at Wycombe Wanderers.

The former defender spent 11 years at the club, making over 400 appearances for The Chairboys in a memorable spell.

But his career will always be remembered for one of the most infamous challenges the game has ever seen on a cold evening against Doncaster Rovers in 1993.

In his post-match interview, then Wycombe manager Martin O'Neil was furious with Cousins' actions, saying: "If he does it again he will not play at this football club anymore."

Cousins was stripped of the captaincy, thrown out the dressing room at half-time and fined one week's wages by O'Neil, who was clearly fuming about the potentially career-ending tackle.

Can you think of a tackle much-worse than these two?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Football, Turkey