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The Men who messed it up

sports Updated: Jun 29, 2010 23:49 IST

The World Cup has been full of on-field controversies. We take a look at the instances that created furore and even changed the outcome of the matches.

Lampard strikes, it bounces back

Great strike from the England midfielder that beat Neuer in the German goal, and even on first viewing, clearly crossed the line. The goal would have levelled scores at 2-2, and may have made a difference to the result, but referee Jorge Larriono turned away protests by the England players. England went onto lose 1-4.

I don’t know why, but it’s not a goal

Koman Coulibaly was the worst among referees. Among his bloopers was a goal that he disallowed for an unexplained infraction. The goal would’ve given USA a win over Slovenia.

After all, Tevez is a man of god

Argentine Carlos Tevez’s goal, from a position where he was offside by about 6 feet, led to scuffles & protests. Replays in the stadium made Mexican players angry. The goal stood.

Red to Cahill when yellow was fine

Marco Rodriguez sent off Aussie Tim Cahill for a reckless challenge, in what seemed to be a move designed to get more attention & TV time than a simple yellow would have allowed.

Have them, will flash them

Khalil Al Ghamdi sent off Switzerland’s Valon Behrami midway through the first half of their match against Chile for an elbow. He also flashed 9 yellow cards, pretty much killing the flow of the game.