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Sunday, June 27, 2010
World Cup controversies

Dominic Raynor

It may not have changed the final outcome of England's embarrassing 4-1 loss to Germany, but Frank Lampard's disallowed 'goal' in Bloemfontein is one of the big controversial moments of the World Cup. Lampard's first-half shot struck the underside of the bar and bounced down a yard behind the line and would have levelled the scores at 2-2. It appeared a clear-cut decision but the Uruguayan officials failed to spot it and waved play-on. Below, Soccernet takes a look at some of the other major controversies to hit the World Cup finals. Battle of Santiago - Chile v Italy 1962 A war of words sparked by two Italian journalists prior to kick-off led to tension on the pitch when Italy took on World Cup hosts Chile and English referee Ken Aston had his work cut out to restore order. Italy had Giorgio Ferrini sent off just eight minutes in but it took until the 12th minute to get him off the pitch as police had to be summoned. Chile's Leonel Sanchez then punched Mario David and escaped punishment, but David was dismissed when he fouled Sanchez in retaliation. Sanchez then broke Humberto Maschio's nose and, again, remained on the pitch. Police were repeatedly called on to break up a series of scuffles afterwards and it eventually ended 2-0. The goal that was - England v Germany 1966 England versus Germany again. This time it was the 1966 World Cup final and with the scores tied at 2-2 in extra-time Geoff Hurst's close-range shot hit the cross bar, bounced down and was cleared. The referee was unsure whether it had crossed the line and turned to his Azerbaijani linesman who gave the goal. England went on to win the match 4-2 and Hurst was the first man to claim a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Schande von Gijón (Shame of Gijón) - Austria v Germany 1982 After Algeria had beaten Chile 3-2 the previous day, West Germany and Austria went into their last group game at the 1982 World Cup in Spain knowing a German win would mean both neighbouring nations qualified for the next round. To the disgust of the vociferous crowd, neither made any attempt to score after Germany's Horst Hrubesch's gave them an 11th-minute lead. Afterwards, FIFA changed the rules to ensure all final matches between group rivals were played at the same. Hand of God - Argentina v England 1986 Erm, England again. This time it's the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Mexico, 1986. With the game tied at 0-0 England defender Steve Hodge sliced a clearance back towards his own penalty spot. Diego Maradona raced through on goal and, as he leapt into an aerial challenge with goalkeeper Peter Shilton, clearly punched the ball into the net. The England player waited for the referee to rule it out. He never did, and Argentina went on to win 2-1. Chaos in Korea - Italy v South Korea 2002 Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno made himself a national hero in South Korea when he did everything he could to ensure the host nation went through the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. First Moreno disallowed a legitimate Italy goal for offside, rejected a penalty claim and then controversially sent off Francesco Totti for diving. The Azzurri were eventually knocked out by a Golden Goal from Ahn Jung-Hwan who was subsequently sacked by his Italian club, Perugia.


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