Ukraine’s dicky tummy, and more wacky conspiracy theories of football
With the Ukraine national manager crying ‘sabotage’ following an outbreak of food poisoning shortly before his team’s final warm-up game against Turkey on Tuesday – which they lost 2-0 – here’s a look at some of the more unconventional claims made by the footballing world in the wake of unusual events.
June 7th, 2012
Uri Geller – Penalty Saver
England was leading Scotland by a goal to nil in the group stage of Euro ’96 when Scotland were awarded a penalty, as Gordon Durie was felled by Tony Adams. A cool, calm and collected Gary McAllister stepped up to take the penalty, which was promptly saved by David Seaman; a foreshadowing of his heroics in the quarter-final against Spain. However, looking more closely at the penalty reveals that the ball moved of its own accord just as McAllister placed his left foot, ready to kick with the right. England went on to win the game 2-0, but most strangely of all, it’s celebrity spoon-bender Uri Geller who claims credit for making the ball move with his mind!
Coventry vs Bristol – Playing for more than pride
A late kick-off due to heavy traffic in May 1977 meant that the match between Coventry City and Bristol City eventually turned into a match with nothing to play for. The scenario: both teams were staring relegation in the face, along with a battling Sunderland who were, alas, defeated by Everton. As the final score came through of that game, and with the 2-2 deadlock meaning both teams would be safe from the drop, it became apparent that both sides simply stopped attempting to score; a mutual celebration perhaps?
Anderlecht Forgot To Register As A Building Society
In one of Europe’s rare occurrences of impropriety during the 1980s, Belgium’s Anderlecht side needed a big win against a Nottingham Forest side who had won the first leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final by two goals to nil. Spanish official Guruceta Muro adjudicated the second leg, which the Belgians won 3-0 despite a perfectly legal Forest goal being ruled out. It later transpired that Anderlecht had given Senor Muro £20,000 shortly before the game, as “a loan”.