06 June 2014
With the World Cup 2014 almost upon us, people all over the world are getting ready to spend the next four weeks glued to the TV absorbing all the drama of the biggest event in the footballing calendar.
As the excitement builds, we take a quick look back at the most astonishing gaffes by referees who we would urge to take a free Tesco sight test.
Lampard’s Disallowed Goal
Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa remains a sore spot for England fans. Lampard’s shot clearly bounced over the line, yet no goal was given. Denied the 2-2 equalizer by the ref’s gaffe, England went on to lose 4-1.
Reading’s Invisible Goal
From a goal that should’ve been, to one that never happened! In a 2008 Watford vs Reading game, Stuart Atwell, a rookie referee, gave a goal that never actually occurred! A commotion in the Watford box lead to the ball flying just wide of the post and out of play- yet the ref awarded Reading a goal to bring them level at 2-2, gifting them a draw!
We’ve all seen some terrible dives in football and referees are usually great at discerning play acting from the real thing. However, in the 2002 World Cup Brazil v Turkey game, Rivaldo’s hysterical performance had the ref and linesmen convinced of foul play. Despite receiving only the lightest brush of the ball to his thigh, the Brazilian went down clutching his face, resulting in an innocent Turkish player being sent off.
After an obvious handball by Oxlade-Chamberlain, the referee’s decision should have been easy - so it came as a shock when it wasn’t Oxlade-Chamberlain, but team mate Gibbs, who was sent off! Debate over how the two players could have been confused followed the game, with outrage directed at the blundering ref.
The Hand of God
Finally, one of the most infamous refereeing blunders in football history – The Hand of God. At a key moment in the 1986 World Cup Quarter final, England goal keeper Peter Shilton and Argentina’s Diego Maradona both jumped for the ball deep in the England area. Maradona won the challenge by punching the ball into the back on the net. To Shilton’s dismay, the goal was given to Argentina beginning a legacy of bitterness felt by England fans to this day. Maradona has since owned up to his underhand(!) tactics, admitting to scoring the illicit goal with "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".
Hopefully, referees at the 2014 World Cup will have had their sight tested thoroughly before heading to Brazil! For more information on contact lenses, prescription glasses, or to book an appointment for your free sight test visit TescoOpticians.com and we’ll make sure you so you don’t miss any of the action!
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