Date: 7/9/2006
Sport: Soccer
Punishment: Red card

The brilliant career of Zidane looked like it would be ending in the grandest way possible. With just 10 minutes to go in extra time, Zizou had already scored his team's lone goal in the Final and had been named the winner of the Golden Ball (World Cup MVP) before the match. All that remained was for France to break the deadlock either in extra time or the penalty shootout, and Zidane would have yet another trophy. Instead, Italy's Marco Materazzi's well-timed comment about what he would like to do to Zidane's sister managed to irk the Frenchman enough that he delivered a thunderous headbutt right in front of the linesman. Zidane was thrown out, and France would lose on penalties mere minutes later.