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17 days to Euro 2012: Manuel Amoros' moment of madness

Long before Zidane v Materazzi, Denmark’s Jesper Olsen learned the hard way about getting on the wrong side of a Frenchman.

THE OPENING GAME of the 1984 European Championships pitted hosts France against Denmark.

Michel Platini’s first of nine goals he would go on to score in the tournament settled the result, but it is remembered for an incident involving full-back Manuel Amoros and one-time Manchester United winger Jesper Olsen.

When the Frenchman is chopped down by a pretty poor challenge from Olsen, he sees red and launches the ball in the direction of his opponent before stitching him a loaf.

A former Monaco defender and current coach of Benin, Amoros was hit with a three-match ban but did come off the bench in the final to play some part in their victory over Spain.

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