Fans name 16 moments in football that 'still make them angry'

  • Kat Lucas
Germany v England: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Round of Sixteen

So we're all missing football - agreed? 

One thing we don't miss is getting riled up every weekend.

That feeling of leaving the ground steaming with rage, or screaming at the TV until you're blue in the face. 

The game we love so dearly can also bring a huge amount of stress, bitterness, and resentment with it. 

The more invested you are, the angrier you're likely to become when things go wrong - whether that's player's mistakes, refereeing decisions, or other generally unsavoury behaviour. 

As such, when talkSPORT posed the question: 'Which football moment still makes you very angry?' on Twitter, there were no shortage of responses.

Thierry Henry handball vs Ireland

It wasn't just the Irish who were infuriated by Henry's (two!) handballs in the build-up to William Gallas' equaliser which sent Les Bleus through and robbed the Boys in Green of their place at the World Cup. The Frenchman almost provoked an international incident.


Frank Lampard's 'goal' vs Germany

England were well-beaten regardless but Frank Lampard was incensed when it was deemed his goal hadn't crossed the line. Ah, the days before goal-line technology.


Sissoko's handball in the 2019 Champions League final

Spurs' dreams were crushed inside 23 seconds when Sadio Mane struck the ball at Moussa Sissoko. Under the new rules, it was technically a handball, albeit a harsh one.


Nani's red card vs Real Madrid

Nani quite clearly didn't see Real Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa and had his eye on the ball throughout. The Portuguese was still sent off for a high foot and the red card turned the game on its head, with Manchester United subsequently crashing out of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate.


Robin van Persie's red card vs Barcelona

Another extremely dodgy decision that benefited a La Liga side at the expense of a Premier League club. Van Persie's red card, awarded for 'kicking the ball away' when through on goal, was recently voted the worst refereeing decision of the decade. The Dutchman had not heard the whistle and shot with his right foot (because why would you do anything else?) Arsenal subsequently lost 3-1 having had the upper hand over the two legs.

Arsenal's Dutch forward Robin van Persie

Harry Kane not squaring to Raheem Sterling

Neither his Golden Boot, nor the fact that any resulting goal would have been disallowed for Kane's offside in the build-up, have caused England fans to let it go. The striker showed poor decision-making in going for goal himself, rather than passing to Sterling, who would have had an easy tap-in and put England 2-0 up against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.


Luis Suarez handball vs Ghana

One of the most maliciously deliberate acts thrown into the mix. Suarez intentionally handballed on the line deep into extra time at the 2010 World Cup and Ghana's Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting spot-kick. Uruguay went through on penalties.

Uruguay v Ghana: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Quarter Finals

Just about everything that happened in Chelsea vs Barcelona, 2009 

In the subtle words of Didier Drogba into the camera at full-time, this match was indeed "a f***ing disgrace". Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo overlooked FOUR Chelsea penalty appeals, failed to send off Eric Abidal, and then sent him off wrongly. "It wasn't my best day, really," Ovrebo later reflected.


Diego Maradona's Hand of God

Around the world, it's become part of the Maradona legend. It still rankles with England fans to think how he handled past Peter Shilton in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final and Maradona later said he felt it was "revenge" for the Falklands War. That goal is, unfortunately, even better remembered than his second in that game, which was dubbed the 'Goal of the Century'. 


Cristiano Ronaldo's wink after Wayne Rooney's red card

Rooney was sent off at the 2006 World Cup for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho. He partly had Cristiano Ronaldo to blame, with his United teammate remonstrating with the referee to pull out a red card. Moments later, he became the most hated man in England by winking towards the bench.


Pedro Mendes 'scoring' vs Manchester United

Tottenham, who had not won at Old Trafford since 1989, thought they had a late clincher when midfielder Pedro Mendes hoofed the ball goalwards right at the end of their clash with United in 2005. Roy Carroll blundered but it was adjudged that the ball hadn't crossed the line (see for yourself below...) "There was nothing I could have done differently apart from run faster than Linford Christie," insisted linesman Rob Lewis. 


Jens Lehmann's red card in the Champions League final

Terje Hauge sent Lehmann off after just 18 minutes during Arsenal's Champions League final against Barcelona, following a challenge on Samuel Eto'o just outside the box. Barcelona had capitalised on the 'keeper being off his line and slotted the ball into the net. Hauge admitted later he should have left Lehmann on the pitch and played the advantage.

==correcting identification of goalkeepe

Manolo Gabbiadini's disallowed goal in the 2017 League Cup final 

Southampton ended up losing 3-2 to Manchester United in the Wembley showpiece. That might have been different if Gabbiadini hadn't seen a perfectly good goal incorrectly ruled out for offside early on. The Italian went on to score another two but it wasn't enough.


Paul Gascoigne's semi-final booking at Italia '90

In a watershed moment in England's collective footballing imagination, Gazza was reduced to tears after being booked for a foul on West Germany's Thomas Berthold in extra time. The yellow meant he would have missed the final, had the Three Lions progressed. Gascoigne had tackled from behind though, so he was inevitably going to land himself in the book. 


Reading's phantom 'goal' against Watford

In 2008, Reading were awarded a goal after 13 minutes against Watford, credited as an own goal by John Eustace. Not only had the ball not crossed the line, it had gone nowhere near it. It was going wide when Noel Hunt tried to cut it back in. Seconds later, Nigel Bannister raised his flag and Stuart Attwell pointed the other way.


Spurs finishing fourth and not qualifying for the Champions League

Harry Redknapp's side had themselves to blame after squandering their lead in third place and dropping down to fourth in 2012. They were left praying that Chelsea wouldn't win the Champions League final against Bayern Munich but, lo and behold, the Blues emerged triumphant and nabbed England's fourth and final spot in the following season's competition - so Spurs missed out.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

For all its highs, football can be utterly soul-destroying.

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