World Cup 2014: Another infamous headbutt

Pepe headbutts Mueller
Salvador (Brazil), June 17: The most infamous headbutt on the football field was witnessed in the 2006 World Cup final when France's Zinedine Zidane used his head to bring down Marco Materazzi of Italy in Berlin. Now, 8 years later, another headbutt was seen during this edition of the World Cup in Brazil.

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Portugal's Pepe headbutted Thomas Mueller of Germany in yesterday's (June 16) Group G game in Salvador. Though Pepe's head-attack was not as aggressive as Zidane's but offences had attracted same penalty - a straight red card.

In that 2006 World Cup final, Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the chest while yesterday Pepe headbutted Mueller, irked by his acting on the field of play.

The incident happened in the 38th minute of the game, which Germany won 4-0. Mueller, fouled by Pepe, over-reacted, lying on the ground. As he was sitting there, Pepe, angered by his acting, went over to him, bent down and headbutted in not-so-aggressive manner.

Referee Milorad Mazic of Serbia was quick to take out the red card and give the marching orders to the Porguese defender.

A red card offence attracts a mandatory one-match ban and Pepe is set to miss Portugal's next game against USA on June 22.

Now, we have two of the most infamous headbutts in World Cup history.

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