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The Most Controversial Moments in Football History

In this post, we will expose you to some of the most contentious moments in football history. Each football match, regardless of its level or importance, is permanently recorded so that fans and critics can access it. ? Is it true that the more goals scored in a game, the more thrilling it becomes? Certainly not. Football is a game of high-octane action. Everything might change in a moment. Even if his side wins, a player's unintentional or even purposeful mistake might influence the outcome of the game. When you ask a football fan what makes a game or a player stick in their mind, they will almost always mention tense or even contentious moments.

8. Luis Suarez Bites Chiellini, Giorgio (Brazil, 2014)

It was defender Giorgio Chiellini's turn to experience Luis Suarez's mouth in Uruguay's last group game against Italy. The Uruguayan striker bit his opponent for the third time in his career. Chiellini was involved in a penalty-area brawl this time. Suarez was suspended for four months and nine international matches by FIFA while the Mexican referee failed to see the bite. Suarez was also hit with a fine of nearly $92,000.

7. Josip Simunic of Croatia received three yellow cards (Germany, 2006)

Josip Simunic was booked three times during Croatia's Group F encounter against Australia in Kaiserslautern, a World Cup first. Graham Poll, an English referee, failed to write his name in the book when he booked the Croatian in the 61st minute. Simunic was booked again in the 90th minute, but the red card would not be shown. According to Sports Break, he finally sent him off in the 93rd minute for what he thought was a second yellow card. The score was 2-2 at the end of the game.

6. Aftermath of Emiliano Sala (2019)

Emiliano Sala's tragedy was still making news weeks after he dies. Cardiff City, who had just paid £15 million for the striker at the time of his death, fought Nantes over how much of the transfer cost should be paid. It's all a little revolting, and it's degrading Sala's legacy and upsetting his loved ones' grief.

5. The Goal by Roger Milla that wasn't allowed (1982).

In 1982, Italy was named world champions, yet they should not have even made it out of the groups. Cameroonian demigod Roger Milla scored the game-winning goal in his country's match against Peru, only to have the goal disallowed. The Africans finished even on points and goal differential with Italy, with the latter scoring one more goal than their opponents. What a run of terrible luck.

4. Headbutt by Zinedine Zidane (Germany, 2006)

In his farewell performance on the world stage, the French great practically went out with a bang. Both Zidane and Materazzi scored in the final, before being engaged in arguably the most infamous red card in World Cup history. Zidane retaliated unnecessarily to Materazzi's remarks by headbutting the Italian and was quickly dismissed. On a dismal note, the French legend finished an illustrious international career. After a 5-3 victory in a penalty shootout, Italy went on to win the World Cup.

3. At Stamford Bridge, tensions are high (2009)

Stamford Bridge roiled a little more with each dubious judgment in favor of the visitors by referee Tom Henning Ovrebo during the 2009 Champions League semifinal second-leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona . Chelsea's dreams were destroyed by Andres Iniesta's injury-time goal, which eclipsed Michael Essien's ethereal shot, but not before Ovrebo denied Chelsea another penalty claim in the last seconds. Didier Drogba was detained and eventually banned, while Ovrebo, who had to be escorted out by police, said, "It wasn't my greatest day, frankly."

2. The dubious semi-finals run of South Korea (2002)

South Korea's run to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup was a fantastic journey tainted by shoddy refereeing. To assure South Korea's easy passage to the quarterfinals, Ecuador's Byron Moreno disallowed an Italian goal and sent out Francesco Totti. In South Korea's next match against Spain, Egyptian referee Gamal Al-Ghandour waved off two La Roja goals that had eluded an irate linesman's eyes. South Korea was knocked out in the next round by Germany, and convicted heroin trafficker Moreno and Al-Ghandour both retired soon after over allegations of match-fixing.

1. The Terry-Bridge saga (2011)

In late 2009, a British media empire fueled by scandal erupted after Chelsea and England captain John Terry was accused of sleeping with Wayne Bridge's ex, Vanessa Perroncel. Despite the fact that court documents rejected the affair, the defamation was no less nasty. Bridge quit a "untenable and potentially divisive" international career, and Perroncel, the mother of Bridge's son, was mocked. Terry lost the England captaincy, cementing his reputation as one of sport's most repulsive characters. Then there was the infamous non-handshake.

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