Hardman Pepe back in the wars

Odd Balls Updated December 17, 2012, 10:00 am

Hardmen in football aren't a new thing - Vinnie Jones was kicking people before some of you were born.

Back in the old days, though, they used to take violence seriously.

Willie Woodburn, a Rangers and Scotland footballing great, was banned for life in 1952 after his fifth sending off over a 16-year career.

But things change.

More recently Roy Keane was able to be sent off 11 times while playing for Manchester United but still be treated as a legend.

And Real Madrid star Pepe is taking up where Keane took off - kicking people indiscriminately and drawing the ire of opposing fans.

Pepe's latest indiscretion has gone viral, this time a premeditated reverse kick into an opponent's groin:

Of course this isn't the Real star's first brush with controversy. In fact, opposing fans hate him so much that two videos of his assaults on the park have over 7 million views.

Here's some of the worst of Pepe:

Doesn't it make you wish for the good old days when players played hard, but fair?

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  1. russell07:07pm Monday 17th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    They play 90 minutes not 80 with less subs or interchange and far less stoppage. Skills required to play the game. Rugby and League players fire a lot more cheap shots. Look at NRL taking out shoulder charge - if cannot do it they hate it because not there to play the game - that would take too much thinking

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  2. Phillip05:45pm Monday 17th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Like most soccer players , if you put them on a rugby pitch they would wilt away because some bigger baztard would smack the shite out of them. All soccer players don't use there fist , they act tough but as we all know they are a bunch of wimps , how do we know because they don't play rugby union or rugby league.......

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