Football fans around the world continue to reluctantly enjoy watching International football. AFCON Qualifiers are gaining momentum and UEFA Nations League relegations are beckoning. Premier League is set to return this coming weekend after two weeks break to pave way for International football. The headline clash will be between joint leaders Chelsea against struggling Manchester United side at Stamford Bridge. Today, as we continue to survive this boring period, we want to highlight five unforgettable Premier League incidents that will crack your ribs.
5. Gerrard 38 seconds Red Card
Steven Gerrard's game by numbers vs. Man Utd:
38 seconds played
0 aerial duels won
1 red card pic.twitter.com/TQhjdxIkSW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 23, 2015
In 2015, the biggest match in the English calendar was underway. Manchester United was leading the match 1-0 at halftime. In the second half, Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers decided he needed leadership on the pitch and Captain Steven Gerrard was the man.
The skipper had already announced he is leaving the club at the end of the season. He obviously wanted to go away on a high, with a goal against bitter rivals. He was introduced and his first touch was a stamp on Ander Herrera. The referee did not hesitate to send him off immediately. This means Gerrard only spent 38 seconds on the pitch.
4. Red Card to the wrong Arsenal Player
A very confused Kieran Gibbs at the moment Mariner shows him the red card. pic.twitter.com/tpGEmBNRa3
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 22, 2014
In March 2014, Chelsea welcomed bitter London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. The match was not going well for the visitors. Eden Hazard was yet again calling the shots. The Belgian pulled a shot and with the goalkeeper beaten, it was going straight to the back of the net.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain decided to stop it with his hands. The referee of the day Andre Marriner saw it and there was no doubt it was a red card. He went straight to his pocket but he called Kieran Gibbs. The left-back thought maybe it was a normal summon but he was sent off. The rest of the players could not stop laughing but the referee insisted he was the one. The game ended 6-0 in favour of the Blues. It must have been a great day for Gibbs after all.
3. Louis Van Gaal Super ‘Dive’
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 28, 2018
In February 2016, Manchester United was playing their bitter rivals Arsenal. A referee decision had gone against the Red Devils and their Coach Louis Van Gaal was not happy. He tried to explain his grievances to the fourth official Mike Dean but his complaint was ignored. The Dutchman then decided to demonstrate what exactly he meant. He dived to the floor in front of him and the fans laugh about it to date.