Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger were involved in a heated touchline spat that marred the sporting world at Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger became were involved in a heated touchline spat that came down to shoving between two gaffers during their sides’ Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Arsenal manager was left fuming when Mourinho leapt from the dug-out to oppose after Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez went down under a challenge from Gary Cahill, and pushed the Portuguese in the chest.
The duo was separated by the 4th official but that wasn’t enough as words from either bench continued throughout the game. Wenger and Mourinho share a ‘rivalled’ past marred with spats, quotes and now a shove.
This was NOT the only one! Here are some other famous ugly spats from other sports that took the sporting arena by storm. Take a look:
Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi (Football)
Italy and France met in a feisty encounter during the FIFA 2006 World Cup and what supposed to be Zidane’s last competitive game, turned out to be a controversial. Italian defender, Marco Materazzi was left on the ground after France captain, Zidane forcefully headbutted the former in an altercation between the two players. The incident went onto become one of the highlights in FIFA World Cup history titled as ‘Zidane headbutt’.
Ishant Sharma and Kamran Akmal (Cricket)
Indian cricketers often lose their cool on the pitch (exception Virat Kohli) but that did have any effect on the tall and lanky, Ishant Sharma who verbally attacked Pakistan batsman, Kamran Akmal during the Indo-Pak T20 clash. With both the players losing their tempers, the umpires and other Indian players had to intervene and separate the duo.
Shoaib Malik and Tino Best (Cricket)
West Indies’ pacers are known to be aggressive on the field and Tino Best was among them. Tino Best and then Pakistan player, Shoaib Malik was involved in an ugly altercation during the T20 match of the much coveted Caribbean Premier League.
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield (Boxing)
When it’s boxing, there has to be a fight off the ring as well. One of the most unforgettable moments in sports history, Mike Tyson bit World heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield twice during the title rematch back in 1997. Tyson was disqualified and the ‘biting incident’ marred the boxer’s career.
Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini (Football)
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez courted yet another controversy, this time on the international stage when the former bit Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini in a group game of the FIFA World Cup 2014 game. Uruguay went on to win the game but Suarez received a severe ban from the football’s main body, banning him for 3 months of no football at all.
Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir (Cricket)
The India-Pakistan rivalry is known to be intense and feisty as well. Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir provided just that as the duo exchanged few heated verbal words on the field during an ODI game in 2007. The umpires had to interfere and separate the two.