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Five shocking acts of on-field violence (1)

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November 26 represents 21 years since Sir Alex Ferguson completed arguably his greatest of all signings, as Eric Cantona arrived at Old Trafford from Leeds United for a fee of £1.2 million.

Leeds had won the top-flight title the previous season but allowed Cantona to leave for United halfway through the following campaign, and the Frenchman duly delivered the maiden Premier League trophy for his new employers.

Cantona spent five further full-seasons with Manchester United, scoring a total of 82 goals in 185 appearances for the club before announcing his shock retirement at the end of the 1996-97 campaign.

Fondly regarded though he is at Manchester United, Cantona is remembered by many for his crazed act of violence on a Crystal Palace supporter after being sent off at Selhurst Park in 1995.

Incensed by the abuse he was receiving from the stands, Cantona launched a kung-fu style kick on the member of the public, and was ordered to spend two weeks in prison. He was also suspended from Manchester United duty for four months.

This particular incident in Cantona's career will be an enduring memory of his time in English football, and one that has prompted GMS to consider other moments when an act of on-field violence has left the game shocked.

Here they are...

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