CHELSEA were forced to issue a grovelling apology in Chinese this weekend after Instagram posts sent by Brazilian winger Kenedy caused offence.
The young Blues forward posted a series of images with the captions “f***ing China” and “wake up China you idiot”, in reference to a sleeping security guard.
He did apologise, saying: “Hello my friends, just wanna say sorry if someone was sad because I used the expression “porra”, was no racism, just an expression…big hug.”
However, despite that he was booed by local fans and then sent home from Chelsea’s tour of Asia.
Now the Blues face being BANNED from the country altogether, in arguably the most incredible story of the 2017-18 pre-season.
Chelsea issued a sincere apology at the weekend, saying: “Chelsea Football Club once again solemnly and sincerely apologises.
“Kenedy’s actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from.
“His behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club’s high expectations and strict requirements of its young players.
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“He has been strongly reprimanded and disciplined.
“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has the utmost respect and admiration for China and loves our Chinese fans.”
However, the incident surrounding Kenedy and the Blues is by no means the only sporting event to have major consequences off the field.
Check out seven other outrageous incidents, from a famous snub to a war over a game of football…
NOT THE THAI-ME OR THE PLACE
MOST recently, in 2014, Leicester City sacked three players after they appeared to take part in an orgy while on tour to Thailand.
The trio – including Foxes’ boss Nigel Pearson’s son – apologised after they were filmed having sex with three girls and making a jibe about Asian eyes.
The incident was all the more frustrating for the club, as it is of course under Thai ownership.
After the stunt, Leicester released a statement saying: “Leicester City Football Club has notified Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson that their contracts with the club have been terminated.”
THE 100-HOUR WAR
FOR fans, football is more than a game… so much more.
But in one instance, it’s fair to say things went a bit far, when an actual WAR was started following a game between El Salvador and Honduras in June 1969.
The pair were taking part in a 1970 World Cup qualifier when pre-existing tensions between the two nations came to the boil – for the third time that month.
Violence marred the first two games – with one win apiece – before a play-off game resulted in a total meltdown.
On July 14, the Salvadoran military launched a full-on attack on Honduras, with the battle taking place for 100 hours, hence the name – “The 100-Hour War”, also known as the “Soccer War”.
A formal peace treaty was signed and took effect on July 20 – but to this day, the dispute remains active, with threatening letters sent between the two nations as recently as 2013.
RIOTING and football were two things that went hand-in-hand across Europe in the 1990s.
However, none were as bad as the clash between fans of Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade on May 13, 1990.
The riot took place weeks after Croatia’s first multi-party elections in half a century – with communism ousted in favour of national-oriented parties.
Ahead of the game, clashes began to sprout across the city between the Bad Blue Boys (Dinamo) and the Delije (Red Star).
The game, watched by close to 20,000 people, sparked a riot, with 60 people wounded in incidents including stabbings, shootings, poisonings and even tear gas attacks.
In the melee, Dinamo captain Zvonimir Boban kicked a police officer he deemed to be mistreating a supporter.
After the game he summed up his input by saying: “Here I was, a public face prepared to risk his life, career, and everything that fame could have brought, all because of one ideal, one cause; the Croatian cause.”
DISGRACE OF GIJON
LONG before match-fixing became a more prevalent issue in world sport, West Germany and Austria took part in the “Disgrace of Gijon”.
The game came when the two nations went head-to-head in the Spanish city during the 1982 World Cup.
A 1-0 or 2-0 win for West Germany would see both them AND Austria progress to the next stage – at the expense of Algeria.
The West Germans went 1-0 up after just ten minutes following a period of intense attacking, before both sides then went on to play the most lethargic, drab 80 minutes of football ever seen.
Naturally the game sparked uproar, but neither side were deemed to have broken any rules and they continued their quest to lift the World Cup.
Due to the infamous clash, Fifa tweaked the format of future World Cups, ensuring the final round of fixtures in a group were played simultaneously to avoid such incident again.
THE 99 CALL
OF course, football is not the only sport to have been marred by controversy.
Back in 1974, the British and Irish Lions embarked on one of the most incredible tours in history.
Despite winning 20 and drawing one of their 21 games in South Africa – the series is remembered for one thing only: Violence.
The Test series in the African country was plagued by aggression, with the Lions management deeming their opponents to take their size advantage too far.
Late tackles and dirty play appeared to be the order of the day, with the Lions giving birth to the “99 call”.
The cry, created by captain Willie John McBride, was used to signify they would no longer take the abuse.
The essence was that the referee wouldn’t be bold enough to send off EVERY Lions player if they all attacked equally aggressively.
One iconic incident of the call’s use resulted in JPR Williams running half the length of the field to launch himself at Moaner van Heerden.
OWEN WILL IT END?
BACK in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, it is said Jesse Owens was snubbed by Adolf Hitler on winning gold.
While some accounts claim there was a “salute, a wave or handshake” the biggest slur came back in America.
Owens was never invited to the White House or even sent a congratulatory message back on home soil in the USA – with Owens naturally distraught at the famous snub by president Franklin D Roosevelt.
Owens later wrote: “My whole life was wrapped up, summed up – and stopped up – by a single incident: my confrontation with the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, in the 1936 Olympics.
“The lines were drawn then as they had never been drawn before or since. The Germans were coming to represent everything that free people have always feared.
“I’d spent my whole life watching my father and mother and older brothers and sisters trying to escape their own kind of Hitler, first in Alabama and then in Cleveland.
“All I wanted now was my chance to run as fast and jump as far as I could so I’d never have to look back.
“If I could just win those gold medals, I said to myself, the Hitlers of the world would have no more meaning for me. For anyone, maybe.”
THE BODYLINE SERIES
ALWAYS seen as a good-natured, gentleman’s game, cricket is no stranger to controversy.
Long before fiery characters such as Kevin Pietersen and Ben Stokes, the 1932-33 Ashes series between Australia and England was the original “bad-boy” story in the sport.
Under the leadership of Douglas Jardine, England became infamous for their “bodyline” bowling tactics.
The novel stunt was used in no small part to attempt to unsettle the immovable object – Don Bradman.
The idea was to bowl as quickly as they could at batsmen’s head and/or body to intimidate and terrify.
“Bodyline” led to ill-feeling between the two nations which spilled over from cricket into the diplomatic arena.
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