Robert Green and 4 Fouls on Goalkeepers That Made History
Harry Redknapp was far from amused on Boxing Day after Chris Foy's decision to allow West Brom's winning goal to stand.
Referee Foy was happy for the goal to be given, despite Marc-Antoine Fortune evidently preventing Robert Green from clearing a high ball, which resulted in the England man clawing the ball into his own net as a result.
But fouls on goalkeepers are nothing new.
Many people have criticised referees for giving stopper's too much protection, and in many cases that is a valid argument.
However, sometimes goalkeepers are given a raw deal as well.
Here are four famous fouls on goalkeepers that will live with us forever.
Nat Lofthouse on Harry Gregg
Seeing Stars: Harry Gregg was knocked out by Nat Lofthouse (Incident: 3'26")
Perhaps the most famous foul ever to be committed on a goalkeeper, legendary Nat Lofthouse got away with borderline murder for his challenge on Manchester United's Harry Gregg during the 1958 FA Cup Final.
Gregg was knocked unconscious by the blow and had to receive treatment from medical staff in attendance.
It was the type of robust offence that simply wouldn't be allowed in the modern day, but as it was, the goal was given and Wanderers went on to lift the Cup.
Andy Gray on Steve Sherwood
Gray Day: The Everton Striker headed the ball out of Sherwood's Hands (Incident: 0'34")
Collecting a Trevor Steven cross, it looked for all the world that Hornets stopper Steve Sherwood had two hands firmly on the ball, but Gray had other ideas as he headed the ball out of Sherwood's grasp and into the back of the net.
Sol Campbell's Disallowed Goal Against Argentina
What Could Have Been: Campbell's goal was ruled out for Shearer's Foul
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However, the goal was cruelly ruled out thanks to an alleged block on the goalkeeper by Alan Shearer, and England hearts would go on to be broken once again as they exited the tournament on penalties.
Despite playing with only 10 men thanks to David Beckham's famous red card, the Three Lions battled superbly and thought that they had secured a remarkable 3-2 win when Campbell headed home, but joy soon turned to despair courtesy of the referee's intervention.
With an immensely talented group of players at Glenn Hoddle's disposal, who knows what could have been for England had the goal been allowed to stand?
Sol Campbell's Disallowed Goal Against Portugal
Deja vu: Once Again, Campbell Would be Denied
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There can't have been many unluckier players in history of the game than Sol Campbell, who was once again denied the chance to be the hero after his last-gasp header was ruled out against Portugal in Euro 2004.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Campbell rose highest at the back post with only minutes remaining to head the ball into the back of the net after Michael Owen had cannoned an effort against the crossbar.
With alarming similarity to Saint-Etienne, the defender wheeled away in celebration only to realise that his goal had been disallowed and that England would have to face the prospect of extra-time and perhaps penalties.
Referee Urs Meier was slated for his decision to award the hosts a free-kick for John Terry's apparent obstruction on Ricardo, and later received death threats from disgruntled England fans who felt that they had been cheated out of victory.
As for England, they went on to lose the quarterfinal on penalties; something that must have generated even more feelings of deja vu than Campbell's lack of luck.
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