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Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend: Shirt Swaps, Tan Boos and More

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2013

Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend: Shirt Swaps, Tan Boos and More

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    Not everything we saw on the football pitch was beautiful this weekend, which is why this article exists. 

    Here we take a look at some of the biggest blunders of the world football weekend.

    This weekend saw a not-so-clever idea from a Liverpool player, a potential retirement over red cards and, of course, Vincent Tan.

    Continue reading to see what blunders made our list of the weekend's best.

Connor Feels the Pain

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    We start this week's list with a clip from Down Under courtesy of the Hyundai A-League. 

    Melbourne Victory forward Connor Pain felt plenty of agony on Saturday as he missed this sitter for the hosts in their clash against the Western Sydney Warriors. 

    Pain's 19th-minute misfire could have been the deciding goal in the match as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park.

King Power Stadium Loses Light

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    Since it was a holiday weekend, we took it into our hands to count Thursday as part of the weekend for the sake of this list. 

    Just minutes before their Championship clash with Reading, the lights at Leicester City's King Power Stadium went out. 

    According to the Leicester Mercury, more than 1,000 properties in the area lost power because of an underground cable fault. 

    Despite their power gaffe, the Foxes sit atop the Championship table with 48 points heading into 2014. 

'Target' Davids Considers Retirement

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    Barnet FC midfielder Edgar Davids, now 40 years old, announced this weekend that he is considering retirement because of his recent bookings in the fifth tier of English football.

    Playing for Barnet in the Conference Premier has taken its toll on the former Ajax, Barcelona and Juventus man. He has been sent off three times this season, including the red he was handed on Saturday against Salisbury in a 2-1 defeat. 

    The player-manager commented on the refereeing after the game. Per BBC Sport:

    "I am a target but it is OK, I don't think I am going to play anymore because they're taking away the fun."

    Since joining the club in October 2012, Davids has received five red cards.

Mamadou Sakho Caught Shirt Swapping

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    During his team's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho channelled his inner Andre Santos and swapped shirts on camera with an opposing forward at half-time.

    Sakho was caught by cameras exchanging shirts with Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o, an act not taken lightly by many. 

    According to Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail, this wasn't the only shirt swap that occurred at half-time, either. Oscar of Chelsea and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool did the same thing. 

Vincent Tan Boos Cardiff City After Match

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    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is the gift that keeps on giving.

    On Saturday, he gave us another reason to keep paying attention to him.

    After the Bluebirds conceded two late goals to Sunderland, Tan was caught booing his own team from the stands. 

    Ironically enough, Tan is the one who heard the boos for most of the night as Cardiff took to the pitch for the first time without popular manager Malky Mackay, sacked by Tan earlier in the week.

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