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Five worse refereeing decisions after Sterling simulation

| 28.01.2016

Matt Haynes | January 28, 2016

Following Manchester City’s controversial goal against Everton in their recent aggregate 4-3 Capital One Cup semi-final win (City now odds-on with Coral at 4/7 to win the cup), where Raheem Sterling’s out-of-play cross went unnoticed, Coral review five of the worst footballing refereeing decisions over the past few years.

However, for those who missed it, let’s have a look at the goal that referee Martin Atkinson deemed okay at the Etihad.​

Kyle Lafferty feigns headbutt injury

In a match between Rangers and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, Old Firm forward Kyle Lafferty conned the referee into sending off Charlie Mulgrew.

The former had slid in with a late challenge on the Aberdeen man, who rose to his feet and leaned in to confront Lafferty. Immediately, the striker dropped to the floor clutching his face with referee Stuart Dougal issuing a straight red card to Mulgrew. Dougal later admitted to the Scottish FA that he was duped.

Graham Poll sees triple

At the 2006 World Cup in Germany, English referee Graham Poll famously issued three yellow cards to Croatia player Josip Simunic, before sending him off in the European’s side match with Australia.

Rivaldo 2002 World Cup

The Brazilian attacker famously made a fool of himself in his side’s 2-1 win over Turkey in the group stage when being struck in the knee with a ball in the corner flag by an opposing player. Having dropped to the floor clutching his face, referee Kim Young-Joo then sent off Hakan Unsal on the stroke of full-time.​

Frank Lampard disallowed England goal

An incident which still haunts many supporters, the midfielder’s strike against Germany in the 2010 World Cup clearly crossed the line, though referee Jorge Larrionda refused to give the goal. Roy Hodgson’s side would eventually go on to lose 4-1 against their bitter rivals.

Tom Henning Ovrebo: Chelsea v Barcelona

During the 2008/09 Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in the second leg, Swedish referee Ovrebo later received death threats following his performance, in which he missed four clear penalty decisions.​


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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.