By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey

A SOCCER mad snapper has created a series of images which show the ugly side of the beautiful game

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Getting ahead: A pair of young football fans recreate Zinedine Zidane's controversial headbutt on Italian defender Marco Materazzi

Photographer George Logan, along with creatives Darren Urquhart and Thomas Smith, used children to reenact the sport's most infamous moments asking the question - are badly behaved footballers good role models for young people?

Biting satire: Two young lads reenact former Liverpool star Luis Suarez's astonishing attack on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic

The set of pictures were shot in a London park and is titled 'Football's Bad Boys' and includes Diego Maradona's controversial 'Hand of God' handball against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Hand Of God: Argentinian Diego Maradona's handball goal against England in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

Other moments of madness chosen were Eric Cantona's karate kick assault on a Crystal Palace fan and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane's brutal headbutt on Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final in Germany.

Battle of Old Trafford: The kids act out Arsenal defender Martin Keown's less than sportsmanlike reaction to Manchester United striker Rudd Van Nistelrooy's penalty miss in 2003

Paul Gascoigne's iconic champagne guzzling dentist chair celebration at the 1996 European Championships was also chosen as one of the subjects.

Scottish photographer George is based in London and supports Glasgow Rangers.

Champagne moment: Paul Gascoigne's iconic dentist chair celebration at the 1996 European Championships was also chosen as one of the subjects

He said: “We wanted to create a series of photographs which highlighted whether a game which is more and more obsessed with giant salaries and celebrity lifestyles, is still creating the right role models for Britain’s youth.

Push over: Paolo Di Canio loses control and pushes referee Paul Alcock after being sent off against Arsenal while playing for Sheffield Wednesday in 1998

“The dentist chair with Gazza was the most memorable and painful for me as it was after a goal against Scotland.

Kung Fu Fighting: Manchester United icon Eric Cantona's infamous assault on a Crystal Palace fan in 1995

“The Maradona Hand of God shot was probably the most fun and challenging to recreate.

Golden Balls Sees Red: David Beckham's petulant tap on Argentinian midfielder Diego Simeone at the 1998 World Cup in France

“The kids had a brilliant day together kicking balls about in the sun. They knew the players and teams involved even if most of the incidents were before their time.

Mario Balotelli's amusing celebration after scoring for the blue half of the city in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford

“I always try to work on personal projects that incorporate other interests in my life. I shoot lots of wildlife photography but also love sport and especially football.”

As well as collaborating with George Logan on the concept of the project, Creatives Darren Urquhart and Thomas Smith also created this logo for the Football's Bad Boys series