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23 of the worst sporting decisions ever

In light of Sunderland’s potentially disastrous move to sack Martin O’Neill, here are some of the most ill-advised ideas in sports history.

1. Leeds selling Eric Cantona to Manchester United

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2. Kevin Cassidy’s controversial contribution to ‘This is Our Year’ that got him thrown off the Donegal panel

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3. UCI’s decision to sue Paul Kimmage

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4. The IRFU’s decision to dismiss Warren Gatland as Ireland coach

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5. Liverpool signing Andy Carroll for £35 million

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6. The Red Sox selling Babe Ruth

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7. Bobby Riggs agreeing to a Battle of the Sexes match with Billie Jean King

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8. Kevin Keegan’s ‘love it’ meltdown

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9. Chelsea sacking Jose Mourinho

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10. Choosing Hal Sutton as the US Ryder Cup captain

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11. Real Madrid sacking Vicente Del Bosque

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12. Calling up Paddy Wallace from Portugal to play New Zealand

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13. Brazil playing an unfit Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup final

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14. The Ravens paying substantial funds to inept quarterback, Joe Flacco

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15. Roy Keane criticising his Man United teammates on MUTV

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16. Phil Taylor’s on-stage confrontation with Barney after their semi final in this year’s World Championship

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17. Liverpool’s infamous FA Cup final white suits

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18. Lance Armstrong’s decision to come back to the Tour de France in 2008 and 2009

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19. Running last year’s Gold Cup winner Synchronised in the Grand National

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20. Allowing the ‘Hand of Henry’ goal to stand

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21. The Portland Trail Blazers drafting Sam Bowie (left) over Michael Jordan

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22. United signing Bebe/Massimo Taibi/William Prunier

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23. Michael Schumacher’s Formula One comeback

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What else should we have included? Let us know in the comments section below.

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