World Cup 2014: 10 Most Controversial Moments from Group Stage

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World Cup 2014: 10 Most Controversial Moments from Group Stage
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It's sort of this story and nine lesser ones, honestly.

The world football community should probably be very thankful that the controversies from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup tournament have emanated mostly from the pitch.

That's not to say that civil unrest is not ongoing in Brazil, nor that there isn't a threat of something quite bad happening at one or more of the elimination matches to come.

It is reminiscent, though, of the media build-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Before those Games began, reports of imminent danger to the athletes and the fans were seemingly omnipresent. In retrospect, the Sochi games were a huge success from a security standpoint.

Spare a thought, then, for how fortunate we are to be able to revel without recrimination or regret in the following 10 ridiculous "controversies" from the first two weeks of this World Cup.

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