Easter weekend proved to be a monumental weekend in deciding the fate of the Premier League title. It was also a weekend in which we have seen some of the worst refereeing decisions of the season, therefore prompting even the calmest of figures (namely Roberto Martinez) to struggle in holding back their grief during the post-match interviews. We had the two off-side goals at Stamford Bridge, the penalty and sending off at Old Trafford, the three obvious penalty shouts for Norwich at White Hart Lane and the failure of the referee to spot an obvious handball in the Liverpool vs Villa game. With the season coming to a climax, it’s decisions like these that can win you the title or put the final nail in the coffin of those teams in the relegation zone. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the worst ever refereeing decisions.
1. Thierry Henry handball vs Ireland
With all to play for in the second leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off game between Ireland and France, the Irish were seconds away from one of the biggest upsets in footballing history. They were leading 1-0 at the Stade de France before Thierry Henry handled the ball on the touchline, preventing the ball going out for a goal kick to the Irish. Upon keeping the ball in play, he then preceded to cross the ball to fellow Frenchman William Gallas who calmly slotted in from close range, crushing the hearts of Ireland supporters all over the world. Then, to rub salt in the wound, the ex-Arsenal front man then said of the goal, “I will be honest, it was a handball. But I’m not the ref. I played it, the ref allowed it. That’s a question you should ask him.” Less of the Va Va Voom and more of a Va Va Boom to Ireland’s qualifying campaign.