5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend with Micah Richards and More

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend with Micah Richards and More

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    As pre-season continues for every major side in European football, some players will naturally be shaking a bit of rust off their games and can be prone to the odd error.

    Perhaps unfortunately for them, even in relatively meaningless pre-season games, the spotlight and the cameras will be trained upon them to capture all the best and the worst of the friendly action.

    Here are the biggest blunders of the weekend, led by Micah Richards of Manchester City.

Micah Richards' Penalty

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    We kick off with Manchester City full-back Richards, who took an...interesting...penalty in City's shootout defeat to Olympiacos.

    A wild run-up and lashed shot saw the ball blaze miles over the crossbar, with Richards' poise and landing position after the shot spawning plenty of jokes and laughter on social networks.

    It wasn't particularly funny for City, who failed to reach the International Champions Cup final as a result of losing the penalty shootout.

Photoshopping the Crowd

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    Manchester United and Real Madrid played out a friendly in front of a record crowd in the U.S. for a football/soccer match, with plenty of fans from both sides in attendance.

    United had the edge in numbers perhaps...unless you believe Marca's version of events. Plenty of tweets compared the Spanish newspaper's photo with other originals, showing that perhaps they had been altered rather less than subtly.

    Decide for yourself here if they were doctored or not...

Schneiderlin's Social Media Outburst

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    When a single tweet picks up almost 30,000 retweets, you know it's either powerful, controversial or hilarious.

    It was the middle case for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who announced that his time at the Saints had been "destroyed" in an hour after he was denied a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

    He hasn't tweeted since that moment, but the tweet still stands. Check it out here.

Arsenal Denied Late Penalty to Win Emirates Cup

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    Arsenal suffered defeat against AS Monaco in the Emirates Cup fixture on Sunday, losing 1-0 to end as runners-up in their own tournament, but a draw would have secured them the trophy.

    To that end, it would have been all the more frustrating for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans given that Chuba Akpom was clearly brought down inside the Monaco penalty box with less than 10 minutes remaining—only for a free-kick to be given a yard outside the box.

    It was a bad miss from the officials and one that Arsenal protested, but they were denied the chance to score and win the tournament.

Yaya Sanogo's Slip

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    Sticking with Arsenal and a light-hearted finish to proceedings, Yaya Sanogo was the hero of the first game as he netted four times, but one of his celebrations caused a few laughs.

    Running over toward the corner flag to celebrate near the adoring Arsenal fans, he comically lost his footing and stumbled to the ground, falling over his own feet.

    Check out the action here, and decide for yourself if his tongue-in-cheek "tribute" was indeed accidental or on purpose, as reported by Metro, like some Arsenal fans tried to suggest!