5 Biggest World Cup Controversies

There have been many memorable moments in the World Cup’s history that football fans throughout the world will remember.

At the World Cup, there have been many memorable moments, from a stunning score to a stunning stop.

The Beautiful Game, on the other hand, has had a number of high-profile incidents at the World Cup that could prove problematic.

In light of this, here is my list of the 5 Biggest Controversies in World Cup history.

5. Lampard’s ghost goal (2010)

Frank Lampard has a lot to do with goal-line technology.

As a result of his ghost goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals against Germany, not because of the former England player.

Finally, the Three Lions were not killed by the Uruguayan referees, but rather by the gulf in talent that allowed Thomas Muller to make numerous counterattacking incursions in Germany’s convincing 4-1 World Cup win over the hosts.

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International Football Association Board (IFAB) voted unanimously in 2012 to allow goal-line technology to be used.

4. Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt, 2006

It was almost as if we were in a fantasy. It had taken Zinedine Zidane returning from retirement to lead a French squad that was in desperate need of leadership all the way to the World Cup final.

Sadly, this was not to be.

During extra time, Zidane headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi as they were returning to the center circle.

France was eliminated from the World Cup on penalties after Zinedine Zidane was shown a red card.

3. Henry’s handball vs. Ireland (2009)

France’s World Cup ambitions were shattered and France’s World Cup hopes were secured when Thierry Henry handled the ball on William Gallas’ extra-time playoff match-winner, despite his retrospective admission of guilt.

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There was a FIFA Executive Committee emergency meeting to look into the inclusion of technology for scrutinizing such instances after the Irish government and the Football Association of Ireland requested a replay or passage into the quadrennial showcase as an unprecedented 33rd team.

VAR has its flaws, but it’s now in place.

2. France’s goal disallowed because of a Sheikh, 1982

Although the outcome of the game was unaffected by this incident, it was nevertheless controversial.

When Alain Giresse netted a goal for France against Kuwait, they were up 3-1.

The Kuwaitis, on the other hand, contended that they had halted play when they heard a crowd’s whistle.

Sheikh Fahad, the president of the Kuwait FA, also disputed the goal on the field.

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In the end, the referee had to backtrack on his ruling.

However, the French still managed to score another goal.

1. Maradona Hand of God – 1986

This is a sensitive subject for any English fans, as Diego Maradona scored the goal that became known as the “Hand of God” because the referee failed to see his flagrant use of his hand instead of his head.

England’s defense was torn to shreds just three minutes later, with his goal dubbed “Goal of the Century” breaking through five players and goalkeeper Peter Shilton.




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