Top 10 scandals in sport

Top 10 scandals in sport
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The 10 Greatest scandals in sport (picture courtesy of nydailynews)
The 10 Greatest scandals in sport (picture courtesy of nydailynews)

The 2015 FIFA corruption case is just the latest scandal to hit the world of sports, here's a look at the top 10 scandals in sports.

10. TONYA HARDING ATTACKS RIVAL NANCY KERRIGAN 1994

Tonya Harding’s (right) ex and her bodyguard hired Shane Stant to break Nancy Kerrigan’s right leg with a baton but only bruised it

9. HARLEQUINS BLOODGATE 2009

Harlequins wing Tom Williams bit down on blood capsules to fake injury at coach Dean Richards’ instigation so that fly-half Nick Evans could come back on, the club doctor even cut Williams to cover up the fact

8. US HORSE MURDERS 1982-1995

For years, owners and trainers hired Tommy ‘‘The Sandman’’ Burns to electrocute dozens of under-performing thoroughbreds, many of them showjumpers, all in the name of insurance fraud

7. BLACK SOX WORLD SERIES 1919

Gangster Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein shook a nation when he bribed Chicago White Sox players to lose the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds

6. SPANISH PARALYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM 2000

The Spanish tarred the saintly sheen of the Paralympics when it was discovered that 10 of their squad had no disability whatsoever

5. SALT LAKE CITY OLYMPICS 2002

Juan Antonio Samaranch’s IOC was forced into a massive clear-up after the US city bought the Winter Olympics with lavish gifts to corrupt members

4. BEN JOHNSON SEOUL OLYMPICS 1988

Eighty per cent of tested athletes in Seoul showed signs of long-term steroid abuse but bulging Ben Johnson’s shame sent shockwaves around the world

3. LANCE ARMSTRONG DOPING 1998-2005

He wasn’t the only one but for his entire career Lance Armstrong managed to fool the world with cycling’s most sophisticated doping programme

2. FIFA CORRUPTION 2015

The award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a broiling slice of sand with no football history, proved a dodge too far for Sepp Blatter

1. EAST GERMAN DOPING 1965-1989

Heidi, now Andreas, Kreiger was just one of 10,000 athletes systematically and unknowingly doped and abused under Stasi-sponsored State Plan 14.25

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