Top 10 World Cup controversies

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7. Harald Schumacher clatters Patrick Battiston, 1982

 West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher assaulted Patrick Battiston on a breakaway and knocked him unconscious.

In the semifinal of the 1982 World Cup, West Germany were in the second half of the semifinal against France, where substitute Patrick Battiston went into the box to chase down a lose ball, but his life was about to change forever.

On that play, West German keeper Harald Schumacher went in and twisted his body with his bottom facing forward, bringing Battiston to the ground, as Battiston suffered damaged vertebrae and lost two teeth in the collision as it appeared that he nearly lost his life.

And to add insult to injury, Dutch referee Charles Corver ruled the play to be a goal kick, not a penalty (which clearly should have been the call) and Schumacher made the final save on a penalty to get West Germany onto the finals, where they lost 3-1 to Italy.

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