10 Controversial Premier League Moments

Many consider the Premier League to be the best football league in the world. With teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, there has never been a shortage of talent on display in England’s top flight.

Throughout the years we’ve been witness to plenty of controversial moments involving players such as Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Luis Suarez and Eric Cantona to name a few. As Saint and Greavsie used to say, it’s a ‘funny old game’ with so many unpredictable twists and turns and different characters especially in the Premier League that controversial moments are inevitable and it would be kind of boring if they didn’t. Those who bet on football matches don’t tend to like these unpredictable moments that can change a game and make the difference from winning money to losing money. Not even the best football betting tips expert like The VIP Gambler would be able to predict the following 10 outcomes!

1. Bizarre Nani goal vs. Tottenham at Old Trafford

During a game in 2011, Nani scored a bizarre goal at Old Trafford against Spurs. The Tottenham defence and goalkeeper thought that they had earned a free kick, but the referee hadn’t blown his whistle. Nani played to the whistle and put the ball in an empty net, giving Manchester United a narrow win.

2. Bent Balloon Goal vs. Liverpool

Remember this one? Sunderland striker Darren Bent took a shot from the edge of the box which seemed fairly harmless at the time. However, the ball took a wicked deflection off a balloon on the pitch and left Liverpool goalie Renia helpless. Wonder what the bookies made of this? The goal was given to Bent but the goalie clearly had the shot covered until the balloon got involved!

3. Cantona Kung Fu Kick

During the 1994/1995 season, Eric Cantona was subject to abuse at the hands of a Crystal Palace fan. Instead of controlling his emotions, the Manchester United icon went into the crowd and laid a kung fu kick on the supporter. Cantona received a one year suspension and Manchester United went on to lose the league title.

4. Luis Suarez Racist Abuse at Patrice Evra

During a heated clash at Anfield in 2011, Luis Suarez reportedly dished out racist abuse to Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Suarez uttered the words, “negro, negro, do not touch me you dirty negro”, along with other obscenities. Suarez received a six game ban for racist abuse.

5. Arsenal attack Ruud van Nistelrooy

During Arsenal’s invincible season, there was a controversial game with Manchester United at Old Trafford. With the score at 0-0, Ruud van Nistelrooy stepped up and missed a last-minute penalty. However, the controversy occurred when Arsenal’s players attacked van Nistelrooy on the field, in anger at his actions earlier in the game. A year later, Ruud van Nistelrooy got his revenge as Manchester United ended Arsenal’s 49 game unbeaten run at Old Trafford. He scored from the penalty spot that day in a 2-0 win.

6. Roy Keane/Patrick Vieira tunnel spat

Right before Manchester United’s game with Arsenal at Highbury, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira got involved in a heated spat inside the stadium.

7. Roy Keane’s Ugly Tackle on Alf Haaland

Early in Roy Keane’s career, he injured himself while attempting a tackle on Alf Haaland of Manchester City. Keane never forgave Haaland, which is why he got his revenge at Old Trafford a few years later. Keane’s nasty tackle ended Haaland’s career and earned the Manchester United captain a lengthy ban.

8. Dyer/Bowyer Bust Up

As the game was getting away from Newcastle, two of their players came to blows with each other. Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were throwing punches at each other on the field and got sent off by the referee, much to Newcastle United’s embarrassment.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7_ygd9k24w

9. Emmanuel Adebayor Celebration vs. Arsenal

After securing a transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor met his former club a few weeks later. He scored in a 4-2 City win, but it was his full length celebration near the Arsenal fans that drew controversy. It also earned him a ban.

10. John Terry/Anton Ferdinand Racism Row

John Terry mouthed racist words to Anton Ferdinand during an on-field argument in a game between Chelsea and QPR. The police brought charges against Terry, but a court cleared him of all charges the following summer. However, he received a three match ban from the Football Association.

24 thoughts on “10 Controversial Premier League Moments”

  1. I cannot believe you missed out the Spus “goal” at old trafford where the ball went several feet over the line but wasn’t given. Having said that, if you listed every serious advantage given to the home side at Old Trafford, it would have been the “1,000 controversial premier league moments”……..

      1. There was a balloon goal in the FA cup a few years back, two lower league teams, cannot remember specifics. That’s probably what you are thinking of.

  2. you missed the goal scored by Kuyt scored for LFC against Sunderland…you know the one where the ref blew the whistle for Sunderland freekick and one of their players played it back to the keeper for taking the freekick…torres intercepts and passes it to Kuyt for scoring.

    came excatly a year after the beach ball.

    1. and an additional 1 game ban for flipping off the Fulham fans who were chanting stuff at him about it lol Suarez is funny

  3. Regarding the Haaland/Keane incident. The original incident wasnt a tackle that Kenae injured himself in. He was through on goal with Haaland behind him and Keane tore his hamstring and went down. Haaland accused him of diving and an expletive was aimed towards Keane.

  4. What about when stoke city fans booed Aaron Ramsey coming on after his broken leg, which their player caused in a horror tackle?

    1. He got booed on his way off for acting the prick all game and generally being sarcastic. All the Arsenal players got booed during his first game back at the Britannia, he wasn’t singled out for any special treatment that his team mates didn’t get. He’s recovered enough to get a 5 year contract, he’ll get the same abuse that gets directed at Shawcross, no more no less.

      That said I will not attend The Emirates given teh stories of cups of piss being tipped onto away fans by Arsenal fans now, that’s how classy they are.

  5. Robbie Fowler’s “goal line” celebration.

    Steve McManaman & Bruce Grobblear’s bust up.

    Bloke chaining himself to a goal post.

    Nefarious Power failures at matches with heavy bookmaking.

    Paulo Di Canio….

    A substitute, I believe Jason Scotland, who couldn’t find his Kit to come on.

    Van Hooijdonk’s one man strike @ Forest.

    Tottenham’s stomach bug.

    Mutiny on Liverpool’s previous owners.

  6. Cantona even after all these years is still shocking. How he only got a six month ban for that is amazing even with the provocation from the idiot in the crowd.

    Keane in the tunnel was fun to watch. Viera was bricking himself after being on the receiving end of the red mist.

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