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Three Yellow Cards For Simunic

With less than 50 days until the start of the World Cup in Brazil, Soccer Laduma takes a look at our Top 50 World Cup moments – today number 26 - Three Yellow Cards For Simunic.

An error from Graham Poll in the 2006 World Cup, saw Josip Simunic of Croatia get three yellow cards before being sent off.

It was a match between Croatia and Australia, and after booking Simunic in the 61st minute, Poll gave the Croatian a second yellow in the 89th minute. But he didn’t show the red, and that was only produced when Simunic was booked again in the 93rd minute.

“In the 89th minute when I produced the yellow, I wrote down the right jersey number but the wrong name. I had inadvertently given the yellow to the Australian number 3, Craig Moore. This is the first time something like this has happened to me in my 26 year long career,” Poll said after the game.

The game ended 2-2, and Poll retired from international refereeing after the finals.

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