Major Scandals From World Cup History

Prostitution rings, drugs, allegedly corrupt referees, match-fixing and a career-ending head-butt — it’s all part of the World Cup’s messy history. Take a tour through some of the biggest soccer scandals of all-time below.

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    2010: In April, Franck Ribery (right) — widely considered to be France's best player — along with fellow French soccer players Karim Benzema (left) and Sidney Govou (not pictured) were questioned in an investigation into an underage prostitution ring run out of a Paris nightclub.
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    2010: England's Football Association chief, Lord David Triesman (right) seen here with South African president, Jacob Zuma, announced his resignation May 16 after secret tapes recorded him accusing Spain and Russia of conspiring to bribe 2010 World Cup referees. Some say his actions have irreparably damaged England's chances of winning the 2018 World Cup bid.
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    2006: During the 2006 World Cup final, French soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane single-handedly ended his career after head-butting Marco Materazzi of Italy. In the aftermath, there was much media speculation as to what provoked Zidane. A year later, Materazzi finally admitted he had taunted Zidane by calling his sister a whore.
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    2006: In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, Juventus, Italy's premiere football club, was marred by accusations of match-fixing. Tapped phone conversations of Juventus General Manager Luciano Moggi revealed how the selection of match referees had been manipulated to the team's benefit. The entire board was forced to resign, and many players voluntarily quit following the scandal.
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    2002: During the quarter-final matchup between Spain and South Korea, two Spanish goals were disallowed by Egyptian referee Gamal Ghandour. Television footage showed that at least one of the goals was legitimate. The match caused an uproar and called into question the quality of match officials selected by FIFA.
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    1994: Argentine forward Diego Maradona was thrust into the media spotlight when the Argentina Football Association dropped the 33-year-old from its World Cup squad on the eve of the final first-round game against Bulgaria for having tested positive for banned drugs.
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    1982: With the knowledge that a 1-0 win for West Germany against Austria would enable both teams to qualify for the next round, the infamous 1982 match was widely accused of being fixed. As a result of this, FIFA ruled that all future final group matches were to take place simultaneously. In this photo, Horst Hrubesch of West Germany scores the only goal of the match.
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    1978: After Argentina devastated Peru 6-0 in the third round of the 1978 World Cup, suspicions arose that Peru's Argentine-born goalkeeper, Ramon Quiroga (left), had intentionally allowed Argentina to score so its place in the finals was secured.
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    1970: Four days after England Football captain Bobby Moore's legendary performance against Brazil, he (in white shirt) was arrested in Bogota, Colombia, for allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted bracelet from the Fuego Verde jewelry shop. He was released on the eve of the finals in Mexico after Prime Minister Harold Wilson intervened. The case was eventually dropped.
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