Six devastating injuries from crunching tackles that escaped red cards

As a general rule, a tackle that leaves a player needing to be stretchered off the pitch will see the culprit shown a straight red card by the referee.

However, this is not always the case, despite officials being seen to be far stricter when it comes to heavy challenges in the modern game.

Leicester City'sRicardo Pereira was left with a broken leg following a flying tackle by Liverpool's Tyler Morton just last week, but the teenager escaped with just a booking.

So, here are six instances of players suffering devastating injuries from crunching challenges where the opponent avoided a red.

Ricardo Pereira

During the first half of Wednesday's Carabao Cup quarter-final tie between Liverpool and Leicester City, teenage midfielder Tyler Morton flew into a tackle on Ricardo Pereira.

The challenge caught the Foxes full-back on the knee and left the Portuguese defender rolling around in pain.

Having received treatment on the pitch, Pereira was substituted off before manager Brendan Rodgers later confirmed he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg.

Despite the flying tackle, Morton stayed on the pitch after only being shown a yellow card by referee Andy Madley.

Luke Shaw

England defender Luke Shaw had his career severely disrupted after suffering a double leg break against PSV back in September 2015.

Shaw suffered the injury following a tackled by Hector Moreno, who after winning the ball caught the Manchester United man on the leg with his studs.

Moreno received no punishment for the tackle, with no foul even being given, and went on to score and be named man-of-the-match as the Dutch side ran out 2-1 winners.

As for Shaw, he would be sidelined for the rest of the season, ultimately missing a total of 51 matches and would go almost two years between England caps as a result.

David Busst

Often named as one of the worst injuries in football history, former Coventry City defender David Busst suffered a career-ending double leg break back in April 1996.

Just two minutes into the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Busst was involved in a collision with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair.

The severity of the injury was immediately apparent with the match stopped for nine minutes as Busst was stretchered off and blood was cleaned off the pitch.

United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel famously vomited on the pitch after seeing the injury and Busst never played professionally again.

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool were left without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the 2020/21 season after he ruptured his cruciate ligament in the Merseyside Derby.

A reckless challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saw him catch van Dijk with a scissor tackle halfway up his legs.

The Dutchman went on to miss 45 matches for Liverpool as well as the Euros in the summer, while Pickford did not even receive a booking.

A VAR mistake meant that Pickford was unpunished and a penalty was not given due to an offside call earlier in the move.

Massadio Haidara

A studs up knee-high challenge from Wigan Athletic midfielder Callum McManaman caused a fracas between players when they faced Newcastle United in March 2013.

His tackle on Massadio Haidara looked although it may have ended the young defender's career such was its reckless nature.

Luckily Haidara was only out injured for a month with a knee injury sustained by the tackle, but many at the time felt McManaman should still have been sent off.

However, he went unpunished for the tackle after the high contact was missed by the officials.

Patrick Battiston

The only tackle on the list that injured somewhere other than a player's leg is perhaps the most brutal challenge of them all.

During the 1982 World Cup semi-final between Germany and France, German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher infamously close-lined Patrick Battiston as he bared down on goal.

Schumacher turned as he jumped to block Battiston, meaning his hip hit the Frenchman in the dace, leaving him unconscious and with three teeth missing.

The referee amazingly did not even book Schumacher and gave a goal-kick, before Germany went on to win the match on penalties to reach the final.

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