5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend Featuring Diego Maradona
It's been another fun weekend of friendlies, Super Cup-equivalent games and transfer rumours—but we've seen another batch of bungling errors and ridiculous decision-making from around the world of football too.
Leading the way for us this time is none other than Diego Maradona, considered by many to be the finest player to ever grace the game. Now well retired and currently outside one of his fleeting management roles, Maradona has been keeping himself busy by...interacting...with the press.
Here's the Argentine legend and four other mishaps from the game this week.
Maradona Manhandles Reporter
Maradona seemingly took offence to a gesture or wink aimed the way of his partner from one journalist in particular, as reported by the Metro.
Following on from a host of microphones being thrust in through his car window, Maradona clearly had had enough and stepped out of his vehicle—to deliver a slap to the face of the reporter in question.
It's not exactly the first time he's had a run-in with the press.
Samir Nasri has been burning bridges all over the place this week.
Steve Bates of the Sunday People (h/t Mirror) writes that Nasri believes his former Arsenal fans' abuse of him to be "stupid," because his quality of life, medal haul and overall happiness have all improved significantly since leaving the Emirates for Manchester City.
That's all fine—but the timing wasn't exactly spot on, coming just before the Community Shield, in which City, of course, faced Arsenal.
And Arsenal won, 3-0.
Huddersfield and Mark Robins, the First Manager Casualty...after Two Days
It's the time to plan, orchestrate, grow and recruit, looking forward to the new season with ambition, encouragement and optimism.
And, apparently, to sack the manager two days into the new season.
BBC Sport reports that Huddersfield Town have opted to part company with boss Mark Robins after precisely one game, a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth. A bad result, sure, but did those 90 minutes tell the club so much that the previous few months (or even back to March, or April, or May) had not?
Legia Warsaw, for Getting Themselves Knocked out of Europe
Polish side Legia Warsaw beat Scottish Premier League side Celtic in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, 6-1 on aggregate, to comfortably progress...or so they thought.
Instead, they were punished for fielding an ineligible player who was suspended after not having been registered for the squad for an early game, according to BBC Sport, which left Celtic to progress instead.
We haven't heard the last of it as Legia have asked for a one-off rematch to decide who goes through, but really, the rules are pretty clear, and the club employs people to make sure this kind of amateurish mistake doesn't happen.
If they don't manage to overturn the result, it could turn out to be a costly error.
Vegard Forren and Mohamed Elyounoussi
At least Legia would have the chance to play in the Europa League if they go out of the Champions League; Norwegian side Molde don't even have that to look forward to now after they lost to Ukrainian side Zorya.
After drawing 1-1 in the first leg, Molde would have been hopeful of progressing with a win at home in the second leg—but they reckoned without a nightmare last few minutes from their team—and from Vegard Forren (yes, the former Southampton one) in particular.
Drawing 1-1 late on in the game, 2-2 on aggregate, Forren had the chance to score an 87th-minute penalty to send his side through—but missed his chance. Two minutes later it went from bad to worse, as Forren actually managed to score at the opposite end. His own goal put Zorya 2-1 up instead.
Fast forward another few minutes to injury time and things turned even more horrendous for Molde, as they won another penalty—and substitute Mohamed Elyounoussi missed that one too!