With racism rearing it’s ugly head again in England, TheHardTackle takes a look at a game in Madrid that, to this day, is remembered for the disgraceful behavior of the Madrid crowd, for a slew of ugly fouls and player clashes, and for a look into things to come from Wayne Rooney!

The result of the game, in which Del Horno scored the only goal of the match, became inconsequential in the face of racial abuses that were hurled towards Ashley Cole and later towards Shaun Wright-Phillips by the Spanish Crowd, which made no efforts to disguise their monkey chants. As the game progressed, the English players – most notably John Terry, Ashley Cole, and Wayne Rooney – who clearly were seething seeing what was going on before their eyes, committed one rash challenge after another in this ill-tempered encounter.

19-year old Rooney was on a rampage; he received a yellow after cynically pushing goalkeeper Iker Casillas into the crowd. Earlier his wild challenge on Joaquin was overlooked by the referee. Eventually, Wayne was substituted as early as in the 41st minute – perhaps, the only reason why he wasn’t sent off that day!

Here’s a look at the game that represented everything but football; a game that was anything but an international “friendly”!

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