Everyone alive on this earth knows about one game; Football. It’s a game everyone talks about. In this game, however, there have been many controversies.
Let’s look at football’s top ten controversies:
1. A member of the crowd vetoes a goal. (France vs Kuwait) 1982
During a match between in Kuwait vs France, Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the then president of the Kuwait Football Association, left his seat went into the middle of the ground and protested a goal. The official got pressured under the spotlight and reversed his decision. France still won 4 – 1
2. Most cards handed out in a game. (Netherlands vs Portugal) 2006
16 Yellow cards and four red cards which is a record in any FIFA tournament were handed out by referee Valentin Ivanoc. Both sides were not aggressive but became so as the game progressed because of the referee handing out cards like candy. FIFA President Sepp Blatter also said,
“Russian referee Valentin Ivanov should have given himself a yellow card for his poor performance during the match!”
3. Israel defeated 8 – 0 because the players were tired (Israel vs Denmark) 2000
Israel was defeated by Denmark by 8 – 0. Then coach was confounded as to why the players were performing so badly. It turns out that the players had invited prostitutes to their room the night before and were quiet tired the next day.
4. South Korea defeats Italy with an extra player in the referee (Italy vs South Korea) 2002
Referee Byron Moreno seemed hell bent on making the South Koreans win. To do this he disallowed an Italian goal by calling a bogus offside, and sent off Francesco Totti for diving. South Korea won 2-1. Afterwards FIFA forced the referee to retire.
5. Most violent football game in history (Italy vs Chile) 1962
The first foul occured in the TWELFTH SECOND, the first red card was given in the twelfth minute. There were blantant punches thrown and the police had to be called in four times! The BBC even aired the game with a telecast stating “Good evening. The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game.”
6. Match Fixing 2006
In May of 2006, three clubs were accused of rigging matches and were thrown out of Series A clubs. The Italian Football Federation’s president was forced to resign after this scandal.
7. The own goal that took a life. (United States vs Colombia) 1994
Andres Escobar was playing for Colombia, in one match against the United States Andres scored an own goal by mistake. The United States won 2-1. Five days after his team was eliminated he went to a bar with his friends, shortly around 3 am Andres was seen arguing with three men in the parking lot who shot him six times. Escobar died on his way to the hospital.
8. The worst defeat in a semi final (Brazil vs Germany) 2014
For the first time in history in a semi final, the team who’s home the World Cup was being held at, lost in the semi final by a very large margin. Germany defeated Brazil in a stunning 7 – 1 in the semi final during the 2014 world cup. The worst defeat in a semi final.
9. Zinedene Zidane headbutt (France vs Italy) 2006
Nineteen minutes into extra time of the final match, Marco Materazzi came to Zidane and started insulting his mother and sister, Zidane was having none of that and promptly head butted Materazzi in his chest. This was Zidane’s last match and he was sent off after the incident.
10. Hand of God (Argentina vs England) 1986
In a quarter final against England, six minutes into the second half Diego Maradona hit the soccer ball with his hand into the goal. The referee at the time did not see it happen and awarded Argentina the goal. At the post press conference, Maradona commented on the goal saying “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios” (“a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”)