5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend with Motta, Brandao and More
The Premier League kicked off this weekend, joining the likes of Ligue 1, the Eredivisie and the Russian Premier League, which were already underway, as most big clubs and leagues get settled into the rigours of competitive action once again.
While plenty of positives can be taken from most games for each side, there have of course been a few incidents involving moments of madness or downright stupidity.
Here are the biggest blunders of the weekend, starting with a much-publicised incident over in France.
Brandao's Head-Butt on Thiago Motta
Paris Saint-Germain beat Bastia 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday, but the biggest talking point of the game came after the final whistle.
While we endeavour to keep our blunders "on-pitch," there was no ignoring the antics of Bastia's Brandao, who seemingly waited in the tunnel for PSG midfielder Thiago Motta after the game—and proceeded to head-butt him.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has called for Brandao to be "severely punished" as a result, according to Goal.com, where you can also see the incident and judge for yourself.
Dordrecht's Last-Minute Loss
Dordrecht's return to the top flight of Dutch football almost got off to an unbeaten start—but for a dreadful last-minute defensive error.
William Troost-Ekong was the covering defender as a 90th-minute, long, hoofed pass was nodded on. But instead of running over and clearing the ball, he lost his footing, stumbling and being beaten to the ball by the attacker—who turned provider for Zwolle's Mustafa Saymak to thump home the injury-time winner, giving his side a 2-1 victory.
Watch the goal here, courtesy of TVgolo.com.
Mark Noble's Penalty for West Ham
West Ham's Mark Noble was as reliable a penalty-taker as the Premier League saw last season, but given an opportunity to open his scoring account on the opening day of the season, he put his effort wide of the post.
It was a terribly tame effort in truth, sending Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris the wrong way but then rolling the ball slowly and inaccurately past the left side of the goal frame.
Referee Chris Foy perhaps gets a mention here too for his harsh awarding of a red card to Kyle Naughton for the penalty award—but the blunder goes to Noble for his miss, which cost West Ham the match, as they lost 1-0 against Tottenham.
See the missed effort here, courtesy of Vine user Sebastian Frej.
Kike Lopez's Ridiculous Reaction
Premier League not-a-star Iago Aspas is on loan back in his home nation of Spain this season with Sevilla, but he ended up receiving a less-than-warm welcome home from Cadiz's Kike Lopez.
Lopez decided the most appropriate course of action to Aspas complaining about a foul would be...to openly head-butt him in front of the referee.
Of course, Lopez was sent off in what was decidedly not a particularly friendly moment in the friendly match.
Sporting's Red Card and Gifted Late Equaliser
Sporting Lisbon began life under former Rio Ave boss Marco Silva with a 1-1 draw against Academica, after a 90th-minute equaliser was conceded through disastrous defensive errors late on.
A cross wasn't dealt with just as the clock ticked past 10 minutes. Three defenders ran to the ball, and none managed to make any contact, leaving Academica's Rafael Lopes to lash an equaliser past Rui Patricio into the far corner.
That came after Sporting CP had played out the last 25 minutes with 10 men, after a red card for William Carvalho. Catch the late equaliser right here, courtesy of TVgolo.com.