1. Eric Cantona — nine months

Cantona's flying kung-fu kick on a member of the Selhurst Park home crowd after being sent off against Crystal Palace shocked the football world, and prompted a nine month suspension.

At a press conference after the incident, the Manchester United legend gave what is perhaps his most famous quotation: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

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