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Ref Blocking Striker Among the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 31, 2014

Ref Blocking Striker Among the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend

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    Matthias Schrader

    We’ve compiled a selection of knee-slappers for this instalment of the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend.

    Not surprisingly, goalkeepers feature prominently, but we’ve also included gaffes committed by fans and even a referee.

    Just for fun, you’ll also find a comical in-off-the-face own goal in the following slideshow, which ranks the most notable errors from the weekend’s action. 

5. Robbin Ruiter vs. NAC Breda

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    Robbin Ruiter quite nearly cost his side three points against NAC Breda on Friday.

    With 88 minutes gone and with the score level at a goal apiece, Ruiter somehow managed to caress Rydell Poepon’s header from distance into the back of his own net.

    However, his blushes were at least somewhat saved by teammate Cedric van der Gun, who equalised for Utrecht in the final minute of normal time. 

4. The Manchester United “plane Gang” vs. Aston Villa

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    In the days leading up to Manchester United’s Saturday match at home to Aston Villa, the likelihood of a plane flying over Old Trafford with a banner protesting manager David Moyes’ tenure had dominated the headlines.

    However, by the time the plane actually flew over the ground—dragging a message that read “Wrong One – Moyes Out”—the mood in the stands had trended decidedly in favour of the embattled 50-year-old.

    Indeed, Moyes was given a raucous welcome as he walked out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off, while the plane was booed during the stunt. 

3. Germans Malins vs. Shakhtyor

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    The Belarusian Premier League kicked off over the weekend, and reigning champions BATE Borisov got off on the wrong foot when they lost 2-0 away to Shakhtyor.

    Goalkeeper Germans Malins was largely to blame for both goals against.

    After palming the ball into his own goal early in the second half, he then served up the insurance marker on a platter when he indecisively waited over the ball in stoppage time, allowing an opponent a tap-in. 

2. Marwin Hitz vs. Mainz

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    Mainz are seventh in the Bundesliga and just a single point back of the Europa League places following an important 3-0 win at home to Augsburg on Saturday.

    The hosts were already leading by a goal when visiting defender Matthias Ostrzolek inadvertently provided a second.

    With Nicolai Muller breathing down his neck, Ostrzolek smashed the ball into the face of his own goalkeeper, Marwin Hitz, and watched in horror as it bounced into the far corner. 

1. Daniel Bar-Natan vs. Beitar Jerusalem

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    The Bottom Playoffs of Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al kicked off over the weekend, and while Beitar Jerusalem won 3-0 at home to Maccabi Petah Tikva, they seemed to be coming up against a referee who would do everything to stop them.

    Literally.

    Midway through the second half—and with Beitar up by a goal—one of their forwards was hilariously impeded by referee Daniel Bar-Natan, who toppled to the ground upon impact. 

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