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Jozy Altidore receives red card for head butt

American forward Jozy Altidore was sent off late in the first half Saturday for head-butting Sunderland's Alan Hutton during a sideline confrontation at Hull. Said Altidore: "I'm so sorry about yesterday. Made a stupid, immature and costly mistake. I apologize to Hull City and the fans who I let down. I let my emotions get the best of me and lost my composure."

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By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England  | Tags: Alan Hutton, Hull City, Hull City A.F.C., Jozy Altidore, Premier League, Soccer, Sunderland, Sunderland A.F.C.  
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Jozy can't let guys bait him like that in the World Cup. Zidane and France learned that the hard way in 2006.

Posted by: alan19 | April 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Definitely a yellow for the altercation, and possibly a red for the push. But it's infuriating to see everyone referring to this as a head butt as if it was some kind of UFC move - certainly, their faces touched one another in the heat of the moment, but if this fool doesn't fall over like he's been shot, neither player gets ejected. He should get an additional ban for the play-acting (although I guess it doens't matter for either player, as the season is essentially over).

Posted by: dmschmid22 | April 25, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I also don't really see it as a headbutt, he just bulled him over. At the same time, Hutton, please, what are you, five? Throwing a ball at an opponent's head while he's on the ground?

Needless to say, this is not a good moment for either of them or their respective nations, and Jozy has hopefully learned a life lesson. If this is a personality tick like Zidane, we may be screwed.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Repost from the last thread:

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Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 25, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Hutton's a pu$$y; Altidore's still just a dumba$$.

Both went over the top doing the drama queen stuff.

They both got what they deserved.

Posted by: psssst | April 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I believe that absent the retaliation, only Hutton would have been ejected, because it is a red to throw the ball at the opponent.

The comparison to Zidane is unfair. Unfair to Zidane becuse Jozy had no snap in his "butt" it wasn't nearly as snappy as Zidane's work. But more seriously, he's a young player without the history that Zidane carried into the Cup final as an older but apparently not wiser player. But now he's going to have to carry this into South Africa, and you can count on provocations from the Limeys.

On the subject of flopping, anyone see Chivas/SJ? the 17 year old Gambian kid came on late and got a yellow for a flagrant dive on his first touches, and then should have gotten a second and been shown off for a repeat a few moments later. This kid will give Montero a run for his money for the Louganis Trophy.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 25, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

absent retaliation, I think it gets only a yellow. I agree that it didn't look like a headbutt, but a guy getting into another's face and accidentally bumping him in the head.

Posted by: jake77 | April 25, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Upon hearing about this, I was outraged at Altidore for being so stupid. Having seen it, it's not nearly as bad as I imagined. I see it as more of a 'muscling up' than a real headbutt

Posted by: carmines757 | April 25, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


If you're referring to my comment, I don't see why it is out of place. Zidane had isolated flashes of uncontrolled rage as a younger player (including stepping on a Turkish player). If Jozy can be gotten in high pressure situations by a hudlum move like Hutton pulled, we will be in trouble in the future. Jozy's going to be a starter for us for a long time, it is not a good thing for him to display this lack of restraint.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Alan Hutton is a complete waste of space.

The absolute opposite of what sports are all about. Play the GD game and quit baiting people

Posted by: McBride33 | April 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Video is already gone.

At least Jozy doesn't have to waste his time with Hull any more.

Posted by: Reignking | April 25, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Definitely not a headbutt. It's not even clear that there was any head contact at all. Much ado about almost nothing.

Posted by: BooThisMan | April 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@UnitedDemon, no I agree with you. JA has to ensure this is a one-off, and not a character trait like Zidane.

@Boo, there was contact, which caused some bleeding and chipped tooth or something according to Sunderland. But Groundskeeper Willie plainly "made a meal of it" as they say.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

First it was there, then it wasn't, not the video is back again.

Not a headbutt in anyway. More a lean toward the defender followed by a dramatic flop.

I just don't get why Jozy was all fired up. He made a poorly timed shoulder charge and missed, falling over the defender instead of making shoulder to shoulder contact.

Posted by: delantero | April 25, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

First it was there, then it wasn't, noW the video is back again.

Posted by: delantero | April 25, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

one of the worst pu$$y-boy flops i've ever seen.

Posted by: SadieV | April 25, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think it looked like much of a headbutt, but a few papers are reporting he suffered a cut eye, a smashed nose (whatever that means), and a chipped tooth.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | April 25, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is. (If you recognize those lyrics, you're dating yourself.)

Posted by: universityandpark | April 25, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

what is this, middle school? punch em in the face, or tuck your shirt in and get back on the field.

Posted by: stromi | April 25, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Jozy man up and take responsibility for his actions. That apology is crystal clear.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 25, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

he has almost been sent off a time or two previous to this for losing his composure as well. Usually it's for his demonstrative dissent. He needs to learn how to cool down.

Posted by: fedssocr | April 25, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The incident was all a bit laughable. The linked article making Bruce sound like he thinks it is a vicious attack makes it even funnier.

Hull is crap, good to see them relegated. Jozy hopefully will show well in the World Cup and be playing at a real club next year. Good for him now he can come home and start getting ready for the World Cup.

Posted by: csd1 | April 25, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice fake by Hutton.

Posted by: TheJim1 | April 25, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

So when does Hutton apologize for his behavior? At least one of them is man enough to admit making a mistake.

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 25, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

A cut eye, smashed nose, and chipped tooth? Really? It's not like he was close-lined. Are you sure broken legs aren't also listed? I love how when soccer players get hit in the face they are suddenly unable to stand.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | April 25, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a lot of you have never delivered or received a head-butt. It does not take a Zidane-style windup to deliver some serious pain w/ the upper part of your forehead, which Jozy clearly thrust into his adversary's face. Not nice. Any deliberate head-to-head contact will ALWAYS get an immediate red-card, regardless (irregardless?) of the talent w/ which it is delivered.

Posted by: glfrazier | April 25, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Fron the second angle of the video, looked more like a straight up chest bump than a headbutt. Granted Jozy didn't need to go after the guy, but Hutton didn't need to bounce the ball off Jozy's back either.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 25, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I wish jozy would respond with such passion on the field. He has been lackluster at times and inconsistent overall in his loan spell. considering age, still performing well beyond expectations. It is shame the previous manager was fired, because ian is a hopeless manager who has only made the situation worse. Brown was too defensive in tactical deployment, however Dowie has not a clue in battling for your survival.

Posted by: m20001 | April 26, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

A dumb move made worse by the 3 match ban that Jozy also received. With Hull's other key striker hurt, Jozy was looking at 270 minutes of top flight football before coming to the USMNT camp. Now, he'll get no time, and the permanenet transfer that was rumored is probably gone too.

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 26, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Harkes, a permanent transfer to Hull? What would be the point of that, especially now that they are relegated?! I'd love to see him on a team that can get him the ball with a chance to score.

Posted by: jake77 | April 26, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The point, playing time. Which I don't see him getting much of at Villareal. First team football, even in the Championship, is better than sitting on the bench anywhere else. What top level team is going to give him a chance now? He's shown up late for practices, he's shown up late for matches, he's gone outside the team with his Twitter posts and now this. I'd love to see him on a team that can get him the ball, too. But where?

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 26, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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