Last season’s relegation battle between Swansea and Southampton in South Wales became mired in controversy and intrigue after the visitors had their hotel reservation near the Liberty Stadium cancelled at the last minute.
Mark Hughes and his Southampton players stood together and collected all much needed three points with a 1-0 win over the sorry Swans, who got relegated to the Championship. But Will this go down to be counted among other greatest football mysteries that were never solved? Here are some of the big match mysteries.
5. 1990 World Cup -The Spiked Bottle
— Brian Seal (@BrianSeal) June 24, 2017
Branco was marking Diego Maradona and, during a break in play, the defender took a swig from a bottle handed to him by the Argentina bench. He felt drowsy almost immediately and Maradona promptly set up Claudio Caniggia, who scored the only goal of the game.
Later, Branco claimed tranquilizers had been put in the bottle. As a result, Brazil were eliminated from the 1990 World Cup.
4. 2006 Champions League Qualification -The dodgy lasagne
— Michael Gooner (@MickTheGooner) May 7, 2015
Tottenham were on the brink of a Champions League place in 2006 and faced a key game against West Ham. The squad stayed at the Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf and had a buffet, with many opting for lasagne.
By the morning, several players were vomiting. Boss Martin Jol wanted the game called off; it went ahead and Spurs lost 2-1.
3. 1970 World Cup -The Banks’ beer
Brilliant piece in Guardian on how/why Banks missed 1970 World Cup QF. The dodgy beer that cost England the trophy. http://t.co/1tKpOc6qvh
— Pete Smith (@PeteSmith1983) June 9, 2014
England were set to face West Germany in the 1970 World Cup quarter-finals and keeper Gordon Banks had a beer as a nightcap two days before the game. When the squad gathered in the morning, Banks was shivering and sweating.
Banks was replaced by Peter Bonetti, whose display was slammed after England lost 3-2. “What shook me was that we all ate exactly the same food, so how come I was the only one who got food poisoning? It doesn’t add up.” Banks told Sportsmail in 2016.