VIDEO: Maradona, Suarez, Australia, Schumacher, Rivaldo and Guiseley - the worst cases of poor sportsmanship

Mansfield Town v Liverpool FA Cup third round.
Suarez goal.

Mansfield Town v Liverpool FA Cup third round. Suarez goal.

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Sportsmanship is on the agenda in football again, after Guiseley scored instead of giving the ball back to Braintree – and refused to let their opponents walk one in to cancel it out.

The ball had gone out of play after a player needed treatment, and Guiseley ended up profiting from the situation.

Here are five other high profile examples of poor sportsmanship.

1: Maradona’s Hand of God

Perhaps the most well known act of cheating in sports history. The little Argentine genius slapped the ball into the England net during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final and celebrated as if he’d headed it in. Peter Shilton was the unfortunate goalkeeper, and Maradona would go on to score one of the greatest individual goals in footballing history to compound England’s woe.

2: Luis Suarez

Where do you start? The biting? The diving? Being banned for racist abuse? He too used his hands to good effect to deny his opponents, or in other words, cheat, in a World Cup game. Ghana looked odds on to score in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final, until Uruguayan striker Suarez palmed the ball off the line. He was rightly sent off, but Ghana missed the penalty and went on to lose the game.

3: Australia versus New Zealand

In 1981 Australia were playing rivals New Zealand in a One Day International cricket match, and there was just one ball of the final over remaining.

New Zealand needed a six to tie the match, but Aussie skipper Greg Chappell told his bowler – younger brother Trevor – to deliver it underarm.

The perfectly legal action stopped New Zealand from getting those necessary runs, but it was very much against the spirit of sportsmanship.

4: Schumacher crashes into Hill

The 1994 Australian Grand Prix will always be remembered for an incident that denied Damon Hill the Formula One drivers’ championship.

The Englishman was one point behind Germany’s Michael Schumacher going into the final race of the season.

On lap 36, Schumacher was leading the race when he went off the track and hit a wall, before pulling back onto the track and appearing to turn into Hill, who was attempting to overtake.

Schumacher went out of the race, and although Hill tried to race on, his car was irreparably damaged and he too retired.

In the UK the incident was seen as unsportsmanlike, and deliberate, but no action was taken against Schumacher who won the championship.

One of the sport’s true greats, Schumacher always said the collision was a racing incident.

5: Rivaldo playacting

Another South American causing outrage at a World Cup.

The Brazilian star was preparing to take a corner against Turkey when Hakan Unsal kicked the ball at him.

Although it hit him in the leg, Rivaldo fell to the turf holding his face and Unsal was given one of the sport’s harshest red cards.

Rivaldo was later fined for playacting.

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