The FA Cup's Greatest Controversies
ESPNsoccernet will be taking you through the season with a series of FA Cup features detailing the highlights of the competition's long and proud history. Here, we select the competition's most controversial moments.
United withdraw from 1999-2000 tournament
Winning the FA Cup was once the pinnacle for English clubs, as those images of the lifting of the trophy at a sun-drenched Wembley always signify. But somewhere along the line, a sheen was lost, that level of importance shed. And many place the competition's identity crisis as being generated from the time when its holders did not defend their hard-won trophy and instead headed for a sunshine break in Rio de Janeiro.