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Ugly scenes at a Dubai football game, match fixing allegations and other explosive news in sports this year

  • Veronica Ojeda (front left), the partner of Maradona (behind her), covers her eyes as WAGs being taken to safeImage Credit: ARSHAD ALI/Gulf News
  • Emirati junior figure skater Zahra Lari performs during the figure skating European Cup on April 12, 2012 in CImage Credit: AFP
  • Coach Diego Maradona has issued an ultimatum to the board of Al Wasl in request for more transfer funds in ordImage Credit: AP
  • Lotus F1 Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland lifts his trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand PrImage Credit: Ruters

1. Ugly scenes erupt after Dubai football match

Crowd trouble erupted between Al Shabab and Al Wasl fans after Al Shabab won the Etisalat Premier League 2-0 in Al Mamzar, March 29. Read the full story here.

2. Monterosso wins the Dubai World Cup

Dubai-trained horse Monterosso staged one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Dubai World Cup when he outclassed a high-class field to win the 17th running of the Dh36.7 million contest before a stunned audience. Read the full story here.

3. Miracle man Muamba ties the knot

Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton midfielder, married fiancee Shauna Magunda just seven months after he collapsed during an FA Cup match. Read the full story here.

4. Bollywood actress linked to new fixing allegations

The International Cricket Council is to investigate allegations that Indian bookmakers, with the help of a Bollywood actress, have been fixing the results of English County Championship matches and international games, according to the Sunday Times. Read the full story here.

5. Emirati girl makes history

The 17-year-old Emirati Zahra Lari became the first ever figure skater from the UAE to compete in an international competition when she took part in the European Cup in Canazei, Italy in April. Read the full story here.

6. Mohammad is new world endurance champion

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, secured a historic double in the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships in the UK in August, winning the individual gold medal and leading the UAE squad to the team gold at the event. Read the full story here.

7. Carzola undergoes Arsenal medical

Santi Cazorla has undergone his medical at Arsenal and the club are poised to announce his £16m signing from Malaga, and stands to travel with the Arsenal squad on their training excursion to Germany, making his debut in the friendly against FC Köln. Read the full story here.

8. Maradona sacked as coach of Al Wasl

Al Wasl Club sacked Diego Maradona as their chief coach along with his support staff, a decision taken by it's new board in July. Read full story here.

9. Raikkonen wins F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen rode on Lewis Hamilton’s bad luck to help himself to his maiden 2012 win and become the eighth race winner this season in a dramatic Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit in November. Read full story here.

10. Cricket controversy: Caught and bowled

The Indian Premier League's many controversies make one wonder whether the event itself is designed in such a manner that it can breed controversies and at the same time entertain people. Read the full story here.

SPORT PICTURE OF THE DAY: October 18, 2017

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) sits on the court after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.