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Biggest soccer scandals ever

These days, the scandal is closely related to football. Scandal in football is broader than being included in one word or a specific issue. In this article, we review some of the worst soccer scandals of all time.

We've always been told that having a lot of money frequently results in corruption. Because of the significant amount of money involved, the thrilling world of football is not an exemption from the norm. Some sportsmen and soccer managers had huge scandals because of this.

We have seen several football-related events over the past few years that have damaged this great sport. Some football players may serve as moral examples to follow for many people, yet others have impacted football through their controversies.

Seemingly, football will always be a go-to source for stories, whether they are about sexism, racism, or match-fixing.

The Biggest Scandals in Football History

From secret affairs to FIFA corruption, are some of football's biggest ever Scandals.

The murder of Andres Escobar

The murder of Andres Escobar, a Colombian defender, is one of the

biggest soccer scandals ever.

Unfortunately, the murder of this great football player showed that sometimes corruption in football is so high that it leads to the murder of a person.


's national team defender Andres Escobar returned to his homeland after mistakenly opening their own goal in the 1994 World Cup, defeating his side 2-1 against the

United States

and being eliminated from the competition.

Humberto Munoz Castro, a drug trafficker, who lost a lot of money in betting because of Escobar's own goal, killed him in the parking lot.

One night while Escobar was having fun with his friends in El Indio nightclub, he met Munoz in a parking lot. Munoz fired six shots at Escobar and killed him. Unfortunately, he died on the way to the hospital. Humberto Munoz killed the Colombian defender as a punishment for his mistake in the world cup. 

After the competition, Andres Escobar told reporters: "I had never suffered such an unfortunate match. It’s not easy for a player to face a situation like this... It was unfortunate, but I take it as a circumstance of the game".

Fans of the Colombian defender hold a memorial service every year on the day of his death.

Sepp Blatter

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has been president of the federation for 17 years, has been indicted on several occasions. Sexual assault and bribery are only part of the charges against him.

Sepp Blatter corruptions are among the

biggest soccer scandals ever


Former US women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused Sepp Blatter of sexually harassing her at the 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards. Blatter denied the allegations.

Solo told reporters: “I was in shock and completely thrown off,” “I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby.”

"For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my team-mates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even team-mates.

"From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and [general managers] and even press officers speaking about players’ ‘tits’ and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world. I always felt I’d ‘handled it’ and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators. That needs to change. Silence will not change the world!”

Calciopoli Referee Scandal

When it comes to the

biggest soccer scandals ever

, Italian football is on the top of the list. From match-fixing to tax evasion, are in this Italy's football history. But Italy's biggest football scandal has caused the Juventus football team not only to lose many titles but also relegated.

The scandal, known as Calciopoli, revealed that some clubs including,


, A.C. Milan,


, and Lazio, were involved in the selection of referees and other organizers of their games, following the revelation of phone calls between the managers of football clubs, and officials of the country's football federation.

But Juventus suffered the most from the scandal, and not only was the team's title reclaimed in 2005 and 2006, but they were sent to a Serie B and forced to start the new season in the Serie B, with significant negative points.

Great players like Fabio Cannavaro and

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

left the team, but Gigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, and Pavel Nedved remained in the team. Also, as a result of Calciopoli, which is one of the

worst soccer scandals ever

, many great players of Italian Serie A left this league.

Luciano Moggi, the former football director of Juventus, banned from football for life. He later told reporters: “I don’t have either the strength or the willingness to answer any question. I miss my sou, it has been killed. Tomorrow, I’ll be resigning, since tonight the football world isn’t my world anymore. I’ll think only to defend myself from all allegations and wicked actions.”

John Terry's affairs

While it was shocking to see Ryan Giggs' name among the scandals in the football world, hearing the name of former Chelsea defender John Terry on the list of biggest soccer scandals ever did not surprise anyone.

He was such a player who always surprised his fans with his special moves and controversies on the pitch, so many were not at all shocked when news broke in 2010 that Terry had an affair with Wayne Bridge's girlfriend.

John Terry, the former captain of the


national team, had a secret affair with Vanessa Perroncel, who was a French model.

It was such an unbearable betrayal for Wayne Bridge, who played with Terry on Chelsea and England national team, that after leaving


, he ignored John Terry. Although the scandal did not cause Terry's wife to separate from him, Fabio Capello, the coach of the English national football team at the time, took the captain's armband from him.


Later Vanessa Perroncel denied everything and said: "All this talk of him coming to my house twice a week for rampant sex just never happened," "It's easy to say that now but I didn't know what to say or do when this all came out - I was scared of being tripped up. The whole thing was overwhelming but I'm now suing for defamation and breach of privacy."

"As a result of my dealings with you (Terry), there has been speculation about a relationship with you. I do not make any admission as to the truth or otherwise of such speculation. I do not want such information to be disclosed."

Former Chelsea defender John Terry tried not to get his betrayal in the media, but this became the headlines of the media, and many football fans believe that Terry's affair is one of the

biggest soccer scandals in history


The Bundesliga match-fixing

The Bundesliga match-fixing in 2005 is one of the biggest soccer scandals ever that shocked every football lover. There are many scandals, such as bribery in the history of German football.

In 2005, thanks to Robert Hoyzer, a German referee, German football experienced one of the

football's biggest ever scandals

. The referee was at the center of the scandal involving the manipulation of election results in the Bundesliga 2 and the German Cup.

After observing his strange and suspicious behavior on the pitch, some other German football referees reported his violations. Hoyzer's arrest led to the discovery of a Croatian betting network. Three Croatian brothers who allegedly betted on the results of the competitions gave Robert Hoyzr around £45,000 to change the results of competitions. Later he admitted that he took €67,000, as well as a plasma TV, for fixing the results of four matches.

Robert Hoyzer, who was 25 years old at the time, accepted his biggest scandal and said: "The allegations against me which have been raised in public are in essence true," "I deeply regret my behavior and apologize to the German Football Association, my refereeing colleagues and all soccer fans."

Volker Roth, a retired football referee, who was ahead of the referee's committee of the soccer association at the time, said about this scandal: "As a former head German and European referee, I shouldn't let myself be thrown out of kilter, but this business does upset me." "We are shocked. We never thought something like this was possible. But there is nothing you can do against criminal energy."

Robert Hoyzer sentenced to two years in prison for the scandal is one of the biggest soccer scandals in history.

Diego Maradona's addiction

Undoubtedly, Diego Maradona, an


football legend, is one of the most controversial figures in world football history. From fights on the pitch and clashes with teammates to shooting reporters, are his scandals during his professional football. But his addiction is one of the biggest soccer scandals ever.

The news of Maradona's addiction in 1991 shocked all fans of the Argentine star.The former captain of Argentine said: "What a player I would have been if I hadn't taken drugs, right? "And what a boxer Julio Cesar would have been. "The drugs were there to f*** ourselves over, I couldn't move. I couldn't move on the pitch and I couldn't train. "That's what I was used to. Thanks to God, today I can get up in the morning calm, without any problems. I can work." 

He continued: "It was the biggest mistake I've ever made in my life. "My daughter asked me to live for her while I was in a coma. "I thank God because he listened to her and woke me up."

Maradona was twice banned from football due to a positive addiction test. Maradona's addiction is one of the worst soccer scandals ever.

English football's child sexual abuse

The scandal of sexual abuse in English football, which was exposed in 2016, is one of the biggest soccer scandals ever and remains well in the minds of football fans. Several former English footballers revealed that they were abused by Barry Bennell, former coach of

Crewe Alexandra,

as a teenager.

The story began by Barry Bennell's confess soon began to spread until former England footballer Andy Woodward admitted to being sexually abused as a teenager. He said: "Throughout the whole trial he showed no remorse, laughed when I gave evidence, and laughed when the verdict was read out," he added, "Funnily enough that has helped me. I have carried that guilt for a long time, and I needn’t have carried it at all. "My only wish is I was brave enough to do it when I was 13."

After Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, and David White, two former Crewe footballers, have revealed that they have also been abused by ex-coach. The impact of the scandal, which was

the biggest scandals in football history

, was unimaginable and led to Bennell sentenced to 30 years in prison.

After Barry Bennell, Jim McCafferty confessed that he also raped underage footballers. He said: "I understand it was wrong, I was wrong, and I did wrong, and I am sorry." He continued, "I have remorse. I know, if I’m found guilty, I will have to serve time, and in my mind, I’ve said to myself that that’s what I’ll have to pay back for what I’ve done, and I’m okay with that." He added "Most clubs and most players would have been involved," "It was part of the game. Now I can take a breath again. My concern is if someone hurts me when I’m walking down the street."

English football's child sexual abuse is one of the biggest soccer scandals ever.

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