The defender who played so dirty they had to book him three times...
Tonight, Croatian defender Josip Simunic broke the world record for yellow cards: three in a game.
The English referee Graham Poll booked him for a rough foul in the 61st minute. In the 90th minute, he booked him again, but didn't realize he'd already booked him half an hour earlier, so he didn't show him a red card. Looking baffled, Simunic continued to play. Three minutes later, another Simunic had the bravado to actually protest a call and out comes the yellow card...for the third time! Only at this point did Poll realize he'd already booked the guy twice, and expelled him. Amid the vaudeville, Poll totally lost control of the game towards the end.
Worse still, FIFA is being accused of a bizarre cover-up, because the official match report omits any mention of the second yellow-card, though millions and millions of people saw it!
I don't think there is any precedent for this, not that I can think of. Poll's mistake, technically, could be grounds for annuling the whole game and playing again...which won't happen simply because it would send the schedule all haywire. Totally crazy.