Football’s most embarrassing moments – 31 years on from Lineker pooing on pitch

Football is a cruel sport; not everyone can flub their lines at work and have thousands of people ridicule you on social media afterwards, but that's the life of a footballer.

And there has been a fair share of own-goals, missed chances that seemed easier to score, and what-ifs – however, some moments are heads and shoulders above others.

It's been 31 years since Gary Lineker laid on the turf at the Stadio Sant'Elia, in Cagliari, during Italia 90, surrounded by his poo.

And, to mark the unfortunate anniversary, Daily Star Sport are looking at the seven most embarrassing moments in football.

Gary Lineker at Italia 90

People often forget that Lineker had already bagged himself a goal before the infamous incident occurred; he opened the scoring against Ireland.

However, Lineker had woken up under the weather that day, but he kept that from Bobby Robson to ensure he wasn't dropped.

The Leicester-born striker went in for a slide tackle and 'relaxed' leading to the famous line, as Gary Stevens walked over: "I've s*** myself."

Lineker was eventually substituted – to the glee of Ireland's defence and the disappointment of the England bench.

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Loris Karius in the Champions League

Loris Karius' Champions League dreams quickly turned into a nightmare in Kyiv as he played the worst 90 minutes of football in his life.

There wasn't much the German could have done about Gareth Bale's wondergoal, but there was a lot he could have done instead of rolling it to the feet of Karim Benzema.

And his night didn't end there; Karius let a routine shot slip through the palm of his hands as Real Madrid claimed the Champions League, again.

Karius has since had spells at Besiktas and Union Berlin to recapture his form.

Steven Gerrard's slip

After Liverpool's victory against Manchester City – at the business end of the 13/14 campaign – the Reds looked set to claim their first Premier League title.

And Steven Gerrard gathered his squad round as he delivered the now-infamous "This does not slip now" rallying cry.

He meant it metaphorically, and then Gerrard, himself, literally slipped – allowing Chelsea's Demba Ba to latch onto the loose ball and convert to ensure Chelsea left with three points.

Liverpool lost the title to City, and they had to wait another six years before they had a chance to capture one.

Alex Song's cringeworthy gaff

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When picturing the 2012 Barcelona squad, Alex Song probably isn't the first name you think of – but the Cameroonian international was there.

Unfortunately, for the former Arsenal man, the moment most fans remember for his time at the Catalan giants occurred off the pitch, with Eric Abidal.

Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal had both faced battles with cancer, and both won, so after Barcelona claimed the title Carlos Puyol, their captain, wanted them to lift the trophy.

Song, however, through the honour was being handed to him as he casually walked out of the line before being pulled back.

Iceland conquer England

Gareth Southgate will hope to banish memories of Euro 2016 in the coming weeks as he leads the Three Lions into the latest edition of the tournament.

England faltered in France; they drew to Russia, scraped past Wales, and then had a goalless draw with a poor Slovakian side.

But their biggest embarrassment came against Iceland, a country with a population of 330,000 – roughly the same as Leeds – who dispatched the Three Lions in the Round of 16.

Joe Hart's career never really recovered after that night in Nice, and the squad returned as a national disgrace.

City's hilarious blunder

Manchester City have a thing for last-minute heroics; look no further than Sergio Aguero's heart-stopping winner against QPR for City's first Premier League crown.

Going into the final day – of the 95/96 campaign – City believed they needed one point to remain a Premier League side next season.

However, they'd miscalculated how many points they needed, and, in reality, City needed all three.

The Citizens time wasted their way to draw, and to their own relegation – at least new signing Giorgi Kinkladze stuck around.

Diana Ross' Penalty Miss

After starting the list with a moment from the World Cup, we're ending one with it.

Penalty misses have since become the 1994 World Cup's most enduring legacy, however, Roberto Baggio's infamous miss had slightly higher stakes than Ross'.

The American singer was performing for the opening ceremony, and part of the routine saw her take a penalty midway through a rendition of 'I'm Coming Out'.

But the pop-star hilariously sprayed the ball wide, completely missing the target.

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