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Premier League 2012/13: Top five controversial moments

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With the season over, it's time to take a look at the top five most controversial and funniest moments during the 2012/13 Premier League campaign. 

5. Robin van Persie’s transfer to Manchester United

A transfer nobody could have predicted a couple of seasons ago.

Van Persie spearheaded so many of Arsenal's seasons and was their best player, without a shadow of a doubt. Arsenal stood by Van Persie through a lot of injury woes but enough was enough when Arsenal went one too many seasons without claiming a trophy.

The Dutchman made it clear he would not be renewing his contract which had one year to run and Arsenal had no choice but to sell, but this is where the controversy sets in: he wanted to join Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Red Devils have since gone on to claim the Premier League back from local rivals Manchester City whereas Arsenal has yet again won nothing.

4. Jason Puncheon goes when he wants

In Southampton’s first game under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Jason Puncheon had to make a dash for it of the pitch, down the tunnel and to the nearest lavatory, leaving the team a man down to face an in form Everton side.

Puncheon returned to the pitch to a chorus of “He goes when he wants”. Luckily for the red-faced Puncheon his absence had no lasting effect on the rest of the team with the final result being 0-0. Post-match, Pochettino said: “I have only seen that happen once before in my career”.

3. Peter Odemwingie goes AWOL

Odemwingie made it clear he no longer wanted to play for West Brom and took matters into his own hands by driving to QPR on deadline day in an attempt to force through a last minute deal with Harry Redknapp.

However with West Brom reluctant to sell Odemwingie he was left sitting in QPR’s car park regretting his actions and leaving himself looking rather silly. Since the drama Odemwingie has hardly featured for West Brom, been fined and regularly abused by the West Brom fans.

2. Eden Hazard kicks ball boy

OK, so not strictly in the Premier league but this couldn’t be ignored. Hazard was so desperate to get the ball back from the fledging ball boy that he took matters into his own hands and ended up kicking the ball boy whilst he was down. This resulted in Hazard being sent off and banned for three games.

But that wasn’t it, it later came out that the ball boy had planned to waste time before the game as Swansea were leading 2-0 from the first leg. With that and his awful play acting skills in mind there was a public back lash against him and the general agreement that Hazard should have kicked him a little harder. 

1. Suarez bites back

This guy needs no introduction and quite frankly could have taken all five positions himself. However this particular incident sent shockwaves through English football and total dismay amongst all.

Whilst running alongside Chelsea’s Ivanovic a slight tussle for the ball must have triggered his taste buds as he tried to sink his teeth into Ivanovic. After limping away from the melee which incurred he thought he had gotten away with his actions only for retrospective action to be taken against him by the FA.

Suarez was also booed by fellow professionals at the PFA awards and looks likely to be leaving Liverpool - and a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. 

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