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Darron Gibson criticises Sunderland: Five best football outbursts

After Darron Gibson was filmed abusing Sunderland and some of his team mates, RealSport have picked out five other extraordinary outbursts in the world of football.


Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson is now facing internal punishment from the club after he was filmed appearing to criticise team-mates following the Black Cats’ 5-0 friendly defeat to Celtic.

The video, filmed at a bar, depicted Gibson, 29, describing the team as "sh*t," also alluding to the fact that other players "did not care" about playing for the club, though maintaining that he still did.

On that note, RealSport have picked out the five best temper tantrums and iconic outbursts the game has witnessed.

  1. 1 William Gallas, 2008 [Arsenal]


    In 2008, then Arsenal captain William Gallas threw a strop on the pitch after his side conceded a last minute equaliser against Birmingham City.

    The Frenchman jumped up and down like a petulant child before running over to kick an advertising hoarding and proceeded to run over to the halfway line as Birmingham were about to take their penalty, rather than position himself on the edge of the box where he might be first to any rebounds.

    At the end of the game, Gallas sat down on the St Andrews pitch whilst all the other players headed inside looking as though he was about to cry. A true footballer's strop.

    It should be added that this was also the game where Eduardo da Silva suffered his career changing horror leg break, so emotions were high throughout the game.

  2. 2 Paolo di Canio, 1998 [Sheffield Wednesday]


    The Italian, who has always been known for having something of a temper, was banned for 11 months whilst playing for Sheffield Wednesday for shoving referee Paul Alcock.

    This was after being shown a red card for his involvement in a mass melee. In truth, it wasn't exactly a heavyweight punch from Mike Tyson, but Alcock still went sprawling as if he'd had one too many pints.

  3. 3 Hossam Ghaly, 2007 [Tottenham]


    Ask any Tottenham Hotspur fan who remembers the Egyptian and they will tell you the same; talented player second, disgrace to the club first.

    Having been substituted by Martin Jol, Ghaly decided to throw his Spurs top to the ground in disgust. The White Hart Lane faithful were of course equally as repulsed by his actions.

    They say football never forgets and when Harry Redknapp replaced Jol, and tried to sub on Ghaly, the Egyptian was met with a chorus of boos before Redknapp duly told him to sit back down.

  4. 4 Eric Cantona, 1995 [Manchester United]


    Arguably the biggest meltdown in football history, the Frenchman received a nine-month ban from playing football after he karate kicked, yes, karate kicked, a fan at Crystal Palace.

    We don't doubt the fan might have been sending a torrent of abuse Cantona's way, but it probably wasn't the smartest decision the ex-Manchester United genius ever made.

  5. 5 Sam Allardyce, 2016 [England]


    Similar to Darron Gibson, Allardyce was unknowingly being filmed, albeit for very different reasons. Then manager of England, Allardyce ended up somewhat defaming the FA to some undercover journalists over dinner and a few drinks.

    As a response, Allardyce was forced to leave his position with his head held down in shame after just one game as national team manager.

  1. POLL: Your favourite football outburst?

    1. Paolo di Canio
    2. Eric Cantona
    3. Hossam Ghaly
    4. Sam Allardyce
    5. William Gallas
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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

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Darron Gibson criticises Sunderland: Five best football outbursts

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