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Tag Archives: The biggest scandals in the history of football

The Referee who kicked back

Tony Chapron was a highly respected French referee. He had been refereeing in the top flight of French football since 2004, and had taken charge of more than 400 games, including the French Cup final in 2014. And  his services were also in demand abroad, and he had also officiated in the Chinese Super League. He had also taken charge ...

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The Man who Fell to Earth

Whilst barely remembered now, few men can have created more headlines around the world for one incident than Chile goalkeeper Roberto Rojas, often known as the Condor for the way he swoped and dived around his goalmouth.. At the time, the image of Rojas prone on the floor bleeding caused shock waves around the world, until photographer’s stills of the ...

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The World Cup fix

The 1978 World Cup has claims to be one of the most controversial ever.  A Welsh referee disallowed a Brazil gaol because he judged it was full-time as the ball was about to cross the line, and  a Scottish player was sent home for taking a banned stimulant. And, meanwhile, off the pitch, terrible things were happening away from the ...

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The European Super League

Just when football thought it had seen its fair share of scandals, along comes the European Super League (ESL). A group of 12 men, with no consultation with players, managers, or supporters – with one of them sneeringly referring to those who have slavishly followed their clubs for years as legacy fans – decided to form a separate breakaway league. ...

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Match fixing in Germany

Although the German Bundesliga remains one of the most respected in Europe, it has been affected by scandal at various points in its history. In 1965 Hertha Berlin were demoted for illegal player payments, and six years later Armenia Bielefeld suffered a similar fate and more than 50 players as well as coaches and match officials were suspended for their ...

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Sexism in English football

Just over a decade ago, Richard Keys an Andy Gray, who had long been the voice of Sky Sports football coverage in the UK were forced to leave their jobs. The reason was because tapes were leaked to the media in which the duo made derogatory comments about a female linesman and other female figures involved in the football industry ...

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Age fraud and African football

Age fraud has been defined as the use of false documentation to gain an advantage over opponents, usually by allowing players to compete in  youth tournaments. It has become particularly associated with African, because in many countries in the continent, records are not easily verifiable. In some cases,  this can be due to ignorance – somebody can be born in ...

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Karim Benzema and the Sex Tape Scandal

At the end of March, it was confirmed that Real Madrid striker and former French international Karim Benzema is to stand trial in October on blackmail charges. If convicted, he could face up to five years in jail and a fine of €75.000. The affair dates back to 2015 when Benzema’s international teammate, Mathieu Valbuena, asked a couple of fixers ...

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Murder in Brazil

Bruno Fernandes – known simply as Bruno in Brazil – was a goalkeeper with a growing reputation. He had captained Flamengo to the top of the league, was tipped to make the Brazil national squad for the 2014 World Cup, and there was speculation linking him to a big money move to Europe with AC Milan. However, in 2013 his ...

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The FIFA Corruption Scandal

In May 2015 Swiss plainclothes policemen entered the luxury Baur au Lac hotel where FIFA, world football’s governing body, were holding their annual general meeting. After enquiring with reception about room numbers, they went upstairs, knocked on various doors, and promptly arrested six delegates. Later that day, on the other side of the Atlantic, in New Year, the Justice Department ...

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