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THE FIVE BIGGEST FOOTBALL FUCK-UPS

Posted on October 06 2016

WORDS BY JAMES BENSON

"We have to make the people and the whole country proud." 

There's not much that can shake a man like Sam Allardyce, but he'll wince each time he's reminded of the words he uttered when he was appointed England boss. 

The 61-year-old was supposed to be his country's saviour following the disappointment of Euro 2016. 

However, his dreams were shattered this week by revelations made as part of a newspaper investigation

He's not the first man to be at the centre of such infamy though. 

Here we take a look at five of the biggest scandals that have rocked the beautiful game.

 

1994 - The murder of Andres Escobar

One of Colombia’s top talents, Andres Escobar headed to the 1994 World Cup with the weight of a nation on his shoulders.

However, the tournament didn't go as planned and the centre-back's own goal against the USA helped consign his team to an early exit.

On return to his homeland, Escobar got into an argument in a car park and was shot dead.

A cruel reminder of the player’s mistake, the killer reportedly shouted '¡Gol!' each time he pulled the trigger.

2003 – Rio Ferdinand’s drugs ban

Having established himself at Manchester United, it all went pear-shaped for Rio Ferdinand in September 2003.

The defender missed a routine drugs test and, following a disciplinary hearing, was found guilty of misconduct.

He was handed an eight-month suspension, ruling him out of contention from January to September of the following year, including the Three Lions' Euro 2004 campaign.

Ferdinand of course returned to football though and racked up more than 700 club appearances before retiring in 2015.

2006 – Calciopoli match-fixing scandal

Italy's preparations for the 2006 World Cup were thrown into chaos when allegations of match-fixing came to the fore that summer.

Prosecutors caught five clubs in the act who were working alongside officials to ensure results went their way.

AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina were implicated in the investigation – though they got off lightly compared to Juventus.

The two-time European Cup winners not only received a points deduction and a fine, but they were relegated to Serie B and stripped of two top flight titles as well.

To this day, Juventus chiefs deny any wrongdoing.

2010 – The Andy Gray and Richard Keys affair

There's no place for sexism in any walk of life, yet Andy Gray and Richard Keys put common decency to one side in 2010.

The duo were famed for their passionate on-air personas.

But it was what they were saying behind the scenes that brought about their undoing.

In leaked recordings, Gray and Keys were heard making disparaging remarks about Premier League lineswoman Sian-Massey Ellis.

Those comments were only the beginning though and both were forced to leave Sky Sports as more misdemeanours were exposed.

2015 – Sepp Blatter’s downfall

Loathed by many, FIFA's former President Sepp Blatter seemingly got his comeuppance a little over 12 months ago.

The FBI had made a breakthrough following years of speculation that corruption was rife within world football's governing body.

They discovered that millions of pounds had made their way out of the game through wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Officials from across the globe became embroiled in the scandal and the organisation has since faced calls to wrap up its operation and start from scratch.

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