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Famous Refereeing Howlers

It is a referee's duty to take control of the situation on the park when tempers are flaring, but they are human and sometimes mistakes are made. There are incidents that could have an impact on the final score that sends the players and fans into disarray and it's easy to forget that these offiicial don't have the luxury of replays. Today, the Fan Park crew has decided to have a look at some of the worst refereeing decisions in football.

Maradona’s 'Hand Of God'

Who could forget Diego Maradona’s infamous handball for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final that sent England packing their bags. A cross came from wide and Maradona clearly, or not so clearly for the referee, raised his arm above his head and helped the ball into the back of the net. Maradona celebrated as though he had scored a long-range free-kick and the goal was awarded. Today the ‘Hand of God’ is still one of the most memorable footballing moments.

Henry’s Handball against Ireland

For France to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa they had to beat Ireland in a qualifying match. With not much time left on the clock, French legend Henry hit the ball into the path of teammate William Gallas with his hand. It was clear for everybody to see - except the official! Ireland were furious and rightfully so. Henry Later admitted to the handball, but said that it was for the referee to spot.

Graham Poll gives 3 yellows to one player

We imagine that the neutrals at home enjoyed, this one – three yellow cards for one player in one game! At the 2006 World Cup, Graham Poll dished out a number of bookings to the 22 on the field, but there should have been 21 players as Croatian player Josip Simunic was shown three yellow cards instead of getting his marching orders!

Paul Gascoigne Books referee

As fans, we ask for entertainment and Paul Gascoigne was a constant provider of just that. In 1995 Gascoigne picked up the referee’s yellow card that he had dropped and jokingly ‘booked’ the referee. The ref wasn’t amused by the Englishman’s joked, and assertively booked ‘Gazza’. Come on ref, laugh a little!

Lampard’s Disallowed Goal

During the 2010 World Cup, England were denied a goal against Germany after Frank Lampard’s strike smashed the underside of the bar and crossed the line. The ball had bounce back out of goal, but it was clear to see with the naked eye that it had crossed the line. The score would’ve been 2-2 had the goal been given at the time, but it wasn’t to be and England ended up losing 4-1.

Can you think of any other bad calls from referees? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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