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Fights which brought shame on European football

Monaco’s Ligue 1 title hopes were dealt a blow that is likely to be fatal by Lyon on Sunday, yet the match ended in disgrace as four red-cards were shown after the 90th minute as a brawl took place.

It wasn’t the first occasion when European football has had shame brought onto it by an on-pitch brawl, with MARCA looking at some of the more shocking.

Inter vs Valencia 2006/07

The Champions League tie between Inter and Valencia lives in infamy for the brawl which took place after the final whistle.

The second-leg of the last-16 tie ended 0-0 which ensured Los Che progressed on away goals, but David Navarro started a full-pitch melee after he broke Nicolas Burdisso‘s nose.

Inter players chased Navarro down the tunnel at the San Siro, as punches and kicks were thrown by others on the pitch.

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A number of players were charged with gross unsporting conduct, with UEFA launching an immediate investigation.

There was some history between these two teams beforehand, with Adriano sensationally firing a two-handed punch into the face of Valencia’s Marco Caneira during a group stage match in 2004/05.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur 2015/16

Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge came to an end with a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, a result which officially confirmed Leicester City as Premier League winners, however the match is remembered for the discord which took place on the pitch in London.

Spurs took exception to Chelsea players giving interviews beforehand suggesting they would gladly take the title out of Spurs’ reach, and they entered the match in a very aggressive mood.

Spurs then surrendered a 2-0 lead before losing their heads completely. Danny Rose‘s late challenge on Willian sparked a mass brawl which saw Mousa Dembele and Diego Costa collide.

Mauricio Pochettino ran onto the pitch to try and stop the chaos, but it did little good, as the fighting continued.

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Half-time came after that, only for the violence to continue in the second-half, although rather surprisingly not a single red-card was shown.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2011/12

Spain’s biggest match took on an ugly side during the Jose Mourinho-Pep Guardiola years, and it culminated in a shocking brawl in the 2011 Supercopa de Espana.

Two Real Madrid players were shown red cards, whilst Jose Manuel Pinto was at centre-stage in the brawl, despite being a substitute for the match.

It also saw the shocking moment when Jose Mourinho appeared to gouge the eyes of Tito Vilanova.

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