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<b>Rivaldo</b>
When striker Rivaldo went to ground clutching his face at the 2002 World Cup, viewers witnessed the worst piece of acting since Andy Macdowell's 'is it raining, I hadn't noticed' moment. The moment occurred during Brazil's match against Turkey, when opposing player Hakan Unsal kicked the ball at the Rivaldo's leg. The striker then went crashing to ground clutching his face. Unsal was sent off for the 'offence' but the greatest loser was Rivaldo, who will forever be remembered for the ridiculous moment of play acting.

<b>Rivaldo</b> When striker Rivaldo went to ground clutching his face at the 2002 World Cup, viewers witnessed the worst piece of acting since Andy Macdowell's 'is it raining, I hadn't noticed' moment. The moment occurred during Brazil's match against Turkey, when opposing player Hakan Unsal kicked the ball at the Rivaldo's leg. The striker then went crashing to ground clutching his face. Unsal was sent off for the 'offence' but the greatest loser was Rivaldo, who will forever be remembered for the ridiculous moment of play acting.

&lt;b&gt;Andy Powell&lt;/b&gt;
Following Wales' win over Scotland in the Six Nations, Powell was in the mood to celebrate. And in the merriment of victory (as we'll see with a number of the episodes on this list), a few drinks were consumed. Then, in the early hours of the morning, Powell drove a golf buggy to a service station on the M4. Powell was arrested, subsequently dropped from the Wales team and has now been banned from driving after pleading guilty to the incident.

<b>Andy Powell</b> Following Wales' win over Scotland in the Six Nations, Powell was in the mood to celebrate. And in the merriment of victory (as we'll see with a number of the episodes on this list), a few drinks were consumed. Then, in the early hours of the morning, Powell drove a golf buggy to a service station on the M4. Powell was arrested, subsequently dropped from the Wales team and has now been banned from driving after pleading guilty to the incident.

&lt;b&gt;Andrew Flintoff&lt;/b&gt;
The incident involving the former England star has since been dubbed 'Fredalo'. The all-rounder was enjoying a few drinks in the beautiful surroundings of the Caribbean during the 2007 World Cup when he decided to head out to sea aboard a pedalo. Freddie was then reportedly involved in a late night rescue after he fell overboard. Flintoff was stripped of the England vice-captaincy and later blamed for derailing England's tournament by captain Michael Vaughan.

<b>Andrew Flintoff</b> The incident involving the former England star has since been dubbed 'Fredalo'. The all-rounder was enjoying a few drinks in the beautiful surroundings of the Caribbean during the 2007 World Cup when he decided to head out to sea aboard a pedalo. Freddie was then reportedly involved in a late night rescue after he fell overboard. Flintoff was stripped of the England vice-captaincy and later blamed for derailing England's tournament by captain Michael Vaughan.

&lt;b&gt;Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor&lt;/b&gt;
The Scottish duo found themselves dropped from the national team following an incident that a nine-year-old would be ashamed of. Feeling hard done by after they were dropped for a match against Iceland as punishment for a late-night drinking session, the pair made a lamely disguised show of discontent. As the television cameras focused on them, they clearly flipped the 'V' in the direction of the lens. The public were furious with their flippant behaviour and as well as losing their place in the team, Ferguson was stripped of the captaincy

<b>Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor</b> The Scottish duo found themselves dropped from the national team following an incident that a nine-year-old would be ashamed of. Feeling hard done by after they were dropped for a match against Iceland as punishment for a late-night drinking session, the pair made a lamely disguised show of discontent. As the television cameras focused on them, they clearly flipped the 'V' in the direction of the lens. The public were furious with their flippant behaviour and as well as losing their place in the team, Ferguson was stripped of the captaincy

&lt;b&gt;Sven Goran Eriksson&lt;/b&gt;
In all the build up to the 2006 World Cup, former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson found himself in a rather embarrassing tabloid sting involving a 'fake sheikh'. The News of the World claimed at the time that the Swede told their undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood, who was posing as a wealthy Arab sheikh, that he would quit the national team if England won the World Cup and that Michael Owen was unhappy at Newcastle. Eriksson subsequently decided to sue the News of the World, alleging a breach of confidence.

<b>Sven Goran Eriksson</b> In all the build up to the 2006 World Cup, former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson found himself in a rather embarrassing tabloid sting involving a 'fake sheikh'. The News of the World claimed at the time that the Swede told their undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood, who was posing as a wealthy Arab sheikh, that he would quit the national team if England won the World Cup and that Michael Owen was unhappy at Newcastle. Eriksson subsequently decided to sue the News of the World, alleging a breach of confidence.

&lt;b&gt;Max Mosley&lt;/b&gt;
The former president of the FIA, the world governing body of motor sport, found himself on the front pages after he was filmed partaking in a sado-masochistic scenario with numerous women. Mosley admitted &quot;the embarrassment the revelations caused&quot; and faced many calls to step down as president. The son of Sir Oswald Mosley resisted the demands but brought an end to his presidency when it expired in 2009.

<b>Max Mosley</b> The former president of the FIA, the world governing body of motor sport, found himself on the front pages after he was filmed partaking in a sado-masochistic scenario with numerous women. Mosley admitted "the embarrassment the revelations caused" and faced many calls to step down as president. The son of Sir Oswald Mosley resisted the demands but brought an end to his presidency when it expired in 2009.

&lt;b&gt;Spanish Paralympics Basketball Team&lt;/b&gt;
At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Spain romped to victory in an event restricted to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Yet it turned out that just two members of the basketball squad had genuine learning disabilities. &quot;We were always encouraged to make ourselves seem stupid,&quot; said Carlos Ribagorda, an undercover reporter who infiltrated the team. When the truth emerged the disgraced Spaniards were forced to hand their medals back.

<b>Spanish Paralympics Basketball Team</b> At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Spain romped to victory in an event restricted to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Yet it turned out that just two members of the basketball squad had genuine learning disabilities. "We were always encouraged to make ourselves seem stupid," said Carlos Ribagorda, an undercover reporter who infiltrated the team. When the truth emerged the disgraced Spaniards were forced to hand their medals back.

&lt;b&gt;Craig Gower&lt;/b&gt;
The then rugby league star was involved in a drink fuelled romp of epic proportions. It's alleged that in 2005 during a charity golf event, he argued with several guests, groped the teenage daughter of fellow professional Wayne Pearce, chased Pearce's son with a bottle before vomiting on him, streaked around the resort, attacked a golf cart and held a butter knife to the throat of a Sydney radio personality. The former Australian rugby league international (who now plays Union for Italy) was fined $100,000 for his escapade.

<b>Craig Gower</b> The then rugby league star was involved in a drink fuelled romp of epic proportions. It's alleged that in 2005 during a charity golf event, he argued with several guests, groped the teenage daughter of fellow professional Wayne Pearce, chased Pearce's son with a bottle before vomiting on him, streaked around the resort, attacked a golf cart and held a butter knife to the throat of a Sydney radio personality. The former Australian rugby league international (who now plays Union for Italy) was fined $100,000 for his escapade.

&lt;b&gt;Pizzagate&lt;/b&gt;
Manchester United ended Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten run and Arsene Wenger's side reacted with their usual grace to defeat. A typically chippy encounter between the two teams had included a slightly dubious penalty and some - erm - robust tackling from the home side. The result was 'pizzagate' where arguing and scuffles in the corridor outside the Arsenal dressing room were reduced to farce as Arsenal players took to throwing pizza and soup at their conquerors. The legend of the Battle of the Buffet was set. Ferguson, later recalled: &quot;In the tunnel Wenger was criticising my players, calling them cheats. I was told about this so I went out into the tunnel and said to him: 'You get in there and behave, leave my players alone'. He came sprinting towards me with his hands raised saying: 'What do you want to do about it?' He was standing right there.&quot;

<b>Pizzagate</b> Manchester United ended Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten run and Arsene Wenger's side reacted with their usual grace to defeat. A typically chippy encounter between the two teams had included a slightly dubious penalty and some - erm - robust tackling from the home side. The result was 'pizzagate' where arguing and scuffles in the corridor outside the Arsenal dressing room were reduced to farce as Arsenal players took to throwing pizza and soup at their conquerors. The legend of the Battle of the Buffet was set. Ferguson, later recalled: "In the tunnel Wenger was criticising my players, calling them cheats. I was told about this so I went out into the tunnel and said to him: 'You get in there and behave, leave my players alone'. He came sprinting towards me with his hands raised saying: 'What do you want to do about it?' He was standing right there."

&lt;b&gt;Craig Bellamy&lt;/b&gt;
There's nothing like a bonding trip to bring a team together, or at least that's what Rafael Benitez thought when he took his Liverpool side away before a crucial clash with Barcelona. But when John Arne Riise refused to get up and perform some karaoke, Craig Bellamy was incensed. The two came to blows before things escalated when Bellamy threatened Riise with a golf club. The 'fractured' team would go on to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp, with goalscorer Bellamy celebrating with a golf swing to prove those involved thought the incident was as daft as everyone else.

<b>Craig Bellamy</b> There's nothing like a bonding trip to bring a team together, or at least that's what Rafael Benitez thought when he took his Liverpool side away before a crucial clash with Barcelona. But when John Arne Riise refused to get up and perform some karaoke, Craig Bellamy was incensed. The two came to blows before things escalated when Bellamy threatened Riise with a golf club. The 'fractured' team would go on to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp, with goalscorer Bellamy celebrating with a golf swing to prove those involved thought the incident was as daft as everyone else.

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<b>Rivaldo</b> When striker Rivaldo went to ground clutching his face at the 2002 World Cup, viewers witnessed the worst piece of acting since Andy Macdowell's 'is it raining, I hadn't noticed' moment. The moment occurred during Brazil's match against Turkey, when opposing player Hakan Unsal kicked the ball at the Rivaldo's leg. The striker then went crashing to ground clutching his face. Unsal was sent off for the 'offence' but the greatest loser was Rivaldo, who will forever be remembered for the ridiculous moment of play acting.

Wales international Andy Powell was this week banned from driving for 15 months after pleading guilty to driving a golf buggy while unfit through drink.

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The late night prank has left the rugby star's international career in jeopardy and will be remembered as one of the more embarrassing misdemeanours by a sportsman.

Yet Powell is not the first sportsman to find himself in trouble amidst either ridiculous or embarrassing circumstances.

Source: Independent


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