Sunday 18 February 2018

10 moments to forget from the Premier League season

Referee Andre Marriner caused controversy at Stamford Bridge when he sen off Kieran Gibbs by mistake
Referee Andre Marriner caused controversy at Stamford Bridge when he sen off Kieran Gibbs by mistake

Mark Staniforth

The 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be remembered as one of the best in the league's history, but there were some incidents along the way which are best forgotten.

1. Faria fury

Chelsea coach Rui Faria found his side's shock Stamford Bridge loss to struggling Sunderland too much to bear, and attempted to confront referee Mike Dean at the end of his side's 1-0 defeat.

Restrained by Jose Mourinho, no less, Faria was eventually fined £30,000 and handed a six-match stadium ban.

Chelsea assistant manager Rui Faria is held back by goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon and Jose Mourinho after being ordered off the bench by referee Mike Dean

2. Oh no, Di Canio

Sunderland's appointment of Paolo Di Canio proved a disaster all round, starting with a grilling over alleged fascist salutes, and finishing 13 games into the season with tomato ketchup - banned under the Italian - well and truly back on the Stadium of Light menu.

Paolo Di Canio

3. It was me

Referee Andre Marriner wrongly sent off Kieran Gibbs for handball early in Arsenal's 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plainly telling him: "It was me!" Either way, Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners turned sour.

4. Mack knifed

Not content with changing Cardiff's first-team colours from blue to red, owner Vincent Tan axed popular boss Malky Mackay following a simmering public row in December. Tan's antics took the sheen off Cardiff's first Premier League season - and arguably also doomed them to the drop.

5. United's Giggs gaffe

Perhaps there were some at Old Trafford still hoping David Moyes would stick around for the long haul. Ryan Giggs was introduced as "David" by an embarrassed club PR prior to Giggs' first press conference as the club's new interim player-boss.

6. Stevie slip-up

He had waited his whole career to lead Liverpool to the Barclays Premier League title. But a costly slip at Anfield, which allowed Demba Ba to score for Chelsea and thus render Steven Gerrard's side second favourites behind Manchester City, is likely to haunt him for the rest of his career - and possibly beyond.

7. Tiger Feet

Despite survival and a trip to the FA Cup final, all was far from sweetness and light at Hull, whose owner Assem Allam threatened to walk away from the club after supporters rejected his proposals to change their name to Hull Tigers. Allam said of fans' group 'City Till We Die': "They can die when they want to."

8. No butts

Alan Pardew suffered not so much a moment as a whole season to forget, but his woes were encapsulated by his headbutting incident with Hull's David Meyler at the KC Stadium in March, which earned him a seven-match ban and a whopping £100,000 fine.

9. Anelka exit

It is unlikely Nicolas Anelka will be remembered fondly at The Hawthorns. Banned for five matches following his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration in December, the Frenchman abruptly quit the club via Twitter in March, having scored just two goals in 12 top-flight appearances.

Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches

10. Ricky van Who?

Norwich fans may struggle to forget a player they can scarcely remember in the first place. Ricky van Wolfswinkel arrived as the Canaries' record signing last summer, but could summon one solitary goal as a series of abject performances helped steer his club towards the drop.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel salvaged a draw for Norwich

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