In football, players, managers and fans always grab the spotlight. However, there are many times when referees take center stage in a match. As for the referee, the best compliment is if he can stay out of the spotlight. But unfortunately, referees sometimes make decisions that defy logic in such a game with acceptable margins.
These decisions are so controversial that many have engraved their name in the history of football. And while the introduction of technology like Visual Assistant Referee (VAR) has reduced the number of controversial calls, bugs remain.
FIFA It has now announced the introduction of semi-automated stealth technology, which will increase the role of technology in the game.
However, the game is still controlled by a human referee who can still make mistakes. So, we look at the 10 worst refereeing decisions in football.
10. Pique’s handball against Chelsea – Champions League 2008/09
The entire game was controversial, leading to the famous movie ‘It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgraceful moment by Didier Drogba.’ However, the most controversial mistake was when the referee did not award a clear penalty for the second time after an apparent handball.
Michael Ballack was so frustrated that he chased the referee for 30 yards begging him to award the penalty. “This has not been my best day,” said Referee Tom Henning Ovrepo, speaking of his performance. Some days you are not at the level you should be. No, I can’t be proud of that performance.”
9. Josep Simónec got three yellow cards in one match – 2006 FIFA World Cup
Simple football. If you get a yellow card twice, you will be sent off. Unless you are Josep Simonec. At the 2006 World Cup, Australia faced Croatia in the Group F match. The Croatian defender received his first yellow card in the 61st minute of the match. Then, in the 89th minute, Simonic received his second yellow card but amazingly was not sent off by referee Graham Ball.
Four minutes later, he was ordered to walk after receiving a third yellow card. Referee Graham Poll was the referee of choice for the World Cup Final. However, it was stopped in the middle of the World Cup.
3 infamous yellow cards from Graham Pole to Croatian Josep Simonek against Australia 2006. pic.twitter.com/WvwX4lUAmL
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8. Watford vs. Reading: Ghost Goal
Stuart Attwell made a great start to his career as he became the youngest referee in the Premier League. However, three months later, he made one of the worst decisions in football. In a championship match between Reading and Watford, Atwell awarded a goal when the ball was not close to the net.
After Watford cleared the ball before the goal, Atwell assistant Nigel Bannister signaled a goal instead of a corner kick. The match resulted in Atwell and Bannister being suspended for six weeks.
8. Calling a questionable referee to decide the 2000 African Cup of Nations final
In 2000, Nigeria faced Cameroon in the final of the African Cup of Nations, where they were looking to win the third African Championship. Instead, the match came to a penalty shoot-out when the referee decided that Victor Ekbeba’s shot did not cross the line even though it did.
This would give Cameroon the ultimate advantage as they won their third Africa Cup of Nations title.
7. Red Card Puzzle – 2013-14 Premier League
Arsene Wenger’s 1000th match for Arsenal was a match against rivals Chelsea. However, it will never be a moment to celebrate like Arsenal They were crushed 6-0. Instead, the game will be remembered for another incident.
With Chelsea leading the match 2-0, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain blocked a shot from Eden Hazard inside the penalty area. The referee issued a red card in a row, which is the right decision. But instead of Chamberlain, he showed it to left-back Kieran Gibbs.
Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has been sent off… # CHEARS
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Chamberlain pleaded with the referee that it was him and not Gibbs who handled the ball, but to no avail. And Andre Marriner apologized for the mistake after the match.
6. Frank Lampard’s Unauthorized Goal – 2010 World Cup
Geoff Hurst 2.0.2 Update At the 2010 World Cup, Germany faced England in the Round of 16. The Germans advanced 2-0 before Matthew Upson pulled the difference for Fabio Capello’s men. Then, in an exact repeat of the 1966 World Cup final, Frank Lampard’s shot from outside the penalty area hit the crossbar and fell into the goal before bouncing back to the post and reaching Manuel Neuer’s hand.
The ball had fallen into the goal, but neither the referee nor the assistant referee seemed to think so. Thomas Muller will add two more goals in the second half to help Die Mannschaft in the quarter-finals.
5. Ahmet Akay: The referee’s goal decided the Turkish League champion
There have been many cases where players scored a goal at a crucial time to win a match or tournament. However, there is one case where the referee’s goal determines the outcome of the tournament. In a match between Ankarajuku and Besiktas in 1986, the home team scored a goal that entered after a deflection from referee Ahmet Akay.
While the target should have been rejected under normal circumstances, Akai thought nothing of the sort. Ankaragucu won the match 1-0, and at the end of the season Besiktas lost the league by one point. Due to the superior goal difference, Besiktas would have won the tournament if the goal was disallowed.
4. Harald Schumacher’s treatment puts Patrick Battiston into a coma
How deadly can a collision on the field be in a football game? For Patrick Battiston, it was a struggle with death. At the 1982 World Cup, France was one of the favorites to win the title and faced West Germany in the semi-finals. While the game was great, it was marred by one controversial decision.
German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher collided with French defender Patrick Battiston, and it was so severe that the Frenchman fell into a coma. Battiston had broken teeth, broken ribs, and damaged vertebrae. He had to be given oxygen in the field.
Battiston managed to get to the ball first and click it. But Schumacher jumped into the air as the ball passed in front of him. Schumacher, flying through the air, collided dangerously with Battiston. The heavy contact resulting from the collision caused Batiston to lose consciousness. pic.twitter.com/qMErqWZjzd
– LaSenyera June 5, 2018
The reaction was so violent that Schumacher was voted the most hated person in France before Adolf Hitler in a French newspaper poll. However, the most surprising part was that the goalkeeper was not sent off, and the referee awarded a goal kick to the Germans.
2- Thierry Henry’s hand sends France to the 2010 World Cup
France’s relationship with the World Cup is strange. Either they’re doing too well, or they’re crashing early. Before the 2010 World Cup, they were in their second mood. The French did poorly in the World Cup qualifiers and now face Ireland in the qualifiers.
When the match went into extra time, Thierry Henry deliberately handled the ball before making William Gallas to score the winner. Despite a sharp Irish protest, the goals held, and France went on to qualify for the World Cup. However, they will be eliminated in the group stages to provide some relief to the Irish fans.
1. The Hand of God Diego Maradona – 1986 World Cup
Of course, it should have been number one on the list. In the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona was in the shape of his life. They faced England in the quarter-finals. In addition, the match became politicized due to the Falklands War between the two countries.
And the drama about her will match her raw feelings. In the 51st minute of the game, Steve Hodge’s wrong-footed qualifier will soar high into the air before Maradona jumps and uses his hand to put the ball past Peter Shilton.
The restoration of Maradona’s hand for the purpose of God .. changed the course of 1986 #world Cup pic.twitter.com/bKTEmrXd3f
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The English, and especially Chilton’s violent protest, were not on any deaf ears. Then, four minutes later, Maradona scored perhaps the best goal of his career as he rounded five English players to score. Argentina will go on to defeat West Germany in the final to win the World Cup for the second time.