In professional sports, there are many great players and former stars who we admire and follow. Alternatively, there are just as many figures who we have grown to despise because of their track-record of cheating, dangerous play, or poor attitude. Down are some of the undisciplined footballers of the modern era.

5. Gennaro Gattuso

Today he may be telling reporters to f-off in interviews, but during his playing career, Gennaro Gattuso was definitely a hard man of football.

Slap Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2003? Funny but undisciplined. Choke and head-butt the assistant coach of the opposition? That’s definitely undisciplined. Grab the official’s yellow card, mock him then hand it back? Again, that’s funny but undisciplined.

4. Pepe

Pepe is definitely an aggressive and muscular defender but he can (and has) taken things too far. When this happens, the defender does stupid things as his petulant and nasty side comes out.

Don’t believe this? Just ask Getafe’s Javier Casquero who received a number of kicks and stomps from Pepe while down on the pitch. He’s also choked and slapped Cesc Fabregas and stomped on Lionel Messi.

3. Patrick Vieira

Having been sent off 12 times in his career, Patrick Vieira definitely deserves a spot on this list for ill-disciplined players.

during his time at Arsenal, he accumulated eight red cards, became involved in an ongoing feud with Manchester United’s Roy Keane and developed a reputation for hard tackling. Although he never broke anyone’s leg, Vieira did have a tendency to lose his cool, often getting into more trouble in the moments after being dismissed.

Whether you think he was dirty or not, Vieira’s disciplinary record and penchant for poorly timed tackles earn him a place on this list.

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