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Players with most red cards in World Cup history

Zinedine Zidane at France
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Only two players have recieved more than one red card in the World Cup.

World Cup is a high-pressure tournament, and sometimes players can lose their cool on the pitch. The result can be a red card, which leaves the team being a player down.

While red cards are relatively rare in the World Cup, there are some players who have received more than others. In this article, we will take a look at two players who hold the record for the most red cards in the tournament’s history.

Rigobert Song (2)

Rigobert Song of Cameroon is the first player to receive two red cards across two different World Cup campaigns. His first red card came in Cameroon’s1994 match against Brazil where he was sent off for two yellow cards. In the 1998 World Cup, Song received his second red card in the match against Chile. This time, he was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Marcelo Salas. Despite being down to ten men, Cameroon managed to hold on to a 1-1 draw in that game.

Zinedine Zidane (2)

Zinedine Zidane is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but he also holds the dubious record of being the only player to receive a red card in a World Cup final. This happened in the 2006 final between France and Italy. In extra time, Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi in the chest and was immediately shown a red card by the referee. The incident was caught on camera and remains one of the most iconic moments in the tournament’s history.