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left hanging Following Mark Allen v Reanne Evans fist bump incident we look at other awkward sporting moments

Allen described playing his former partner and mother of his child as "awful"

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After an embarrassing moment for Ulster snooker star Mark Allen, who faced his former partner and the mother of his child, Reanne Evans, in the British Open on Monday night, we take a look at some of the most awkward moments in sport down the years.

Social media was ablaze after Allen was seemingly ‘left hanging’ as he tried to fist bump Evans before the match, with his former girlfriend seemingly ignoring his gesture.

The pair split 13 years ago and have since become embroiled in a dispute of child maintenance payments.

On Monday Allen went on to win the match 3-2 but has since described his experience as “awful”.

There were no handshakes after the match either, with Evans exiting the arena swiftly afterwards.

Speaking after what was perhaps the most awkward snooker showdown of all time, Allen said: “It was awful and not one I want to do again, really.”

After the match, Evans talked down Allen’s doomed fist bump attempt: “I was told at the start there were no handshakes or anything, and just in my head I was visualising the start of the match so I just went straight to the table.

“I’m proud I’m competing, it’s just a little bit of experience and hopefully in a few more matches I might get that win.

“No one wanted that match did they? But you have to respect that top players do what they do and it’s sport, we’re in the same sport so it’s always going to happen.”

While the match will probably be remembered for the fist bump incident rather than the play itself, other moments in sporting history have left viewers cringing in front of the tele.

No less than the ‘grilled doves’ at the opening of the Seoul Olympics in South Korea in 1988.

During the ceremony, doves were released to symbolise peace.

The doomed doves came to rest quite quickly after their release - on the soon-to-be-lit Olympic cauldron - the giant torch which burns throughout the entirety of the games.

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Those tasked with igniting the cauldron, which conveniently was above their heads with the doves well out of their line of sight, dutifully lit the flaming behemoth.

While some of the doves escaped just in time, unfortunately some of the universally-accepted living breathing embodiments of peace on Earth were incinerated in a live broadcast to millions around the globe.

The Gandhis of the avian world wouldn't be used in an Olympic opening ceremony for quite some time after that, doves around the world were glad to hear.

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The opening ceremony to the 1988 Olympics will be remembered by peace doves being incinerated on live television

The opening ceremony to the 1988 Olympics will be remembered by peace doves being incinerated on live television

The opening ceremony to the 1988 Olympics will be remembered by peace doves being incinerated on live television

Back in 2016, Chelsea faced off against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

During the pre-match handshakes, the cameramen made sure to get a clean shot of the gesture between Wayne Bridge (Man City) and his former best friend, Chelsea’s John Terry.

That’s because Bridge was furious with Terry after rumours emerged Terry had carnal relations with Bridge’s ex, Veronica Perroncel.

Perroncel denied she and Terry had ever been more than just friends, but Bridge, who has a child with Perroncel, and wasn’t in a relationship with her at the time, saw the allegations as the ultimate betrayal.

Needless to say he didn’t shake hands with Terry before the game, even though JT stuck his hand out in the misplaced hope of a reconciliation.

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Wayne Bridge didn't want to shake hands with his old pal John Terry

Wayne Bridge didn't want to shake hands with his old pal John Terry

Wayne Bridge didn't want to shake hands with his old pal John Terry

Still counting as an ‘on the field moment’, as it was technically on the field of play, the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII gave viewers around the world more than they bargained for in an incident that would soon become known as ‘Nipplegate’.

The halftime show consisted of a performance by megastars Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but it was Janet, or Janet’s nipple to be precise, which stole the show.

Appearing in a costume which appeared to be held together by something from the rotating ‘home essentials’ stand at her local filling station, at one stage, albeit for half a second, the outfit gave way, showing Janet’s nipple, which was thankfully covered with a nipple protector, which was presumably there just in case such a situation would arise.

Some argued that the presence of the nipple protector was evidence that the whole thing was one big publicity stunt.

The only thing known for sure is that if it was a publicity stunt it was probably even more awkward…

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Janet Jackson accidentally showed more than she meant to at the Super Bowl half time show

Janet Jackson accidentally showed more than she meant to at the Super Bowl half time show

Janet Jackson accidentally showed more than she meant to at the Super Bowl half time show

Back to the Olympics and the brave, sportsmanlike and incredibly awkward effort put in by Eric ‘Eric the Eel’ Moussambani at the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney.

Eric, who had never seen an Olympics-size swimming pool, never mind swam in one, had only ever trained in a 12 metre pool and his local lake.

From Equatorial Guinea, Eric was 22 when he qualified for the games during a wildcard draw designed to encourage participation from developing countries having not met the minimum requirement to enter the Olympics.

During his heat, Eric clearly struggled to finish the 100m freestyle heat.

He did, however, set a new Olympic record for the slowest time to complete the 100m, of 1.52.72, with the entire excruciating two minutes broadcast globally.

By a stroke of luck, the other competitors in the heat were disqualified due to false starts.

As a result, The Eel won his heat - and our hearts.

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Eric ‘The Eel’ Moussambani: Still probably faster than most of us

Eric ‘The Eel’ Moussambani: Still probably faster than most of us

Eric ‘The Eel’ Moussambani: Still probably faster than most of us

The godmother of TV chefs, Delia Smith, was already a household name when she became a majority shareholder with her beloved Norwich City FC.

Back in 2005, when Norwich were playing Manchester City in a Premiership clash at Carrow Road, Smith, with her emotions boiling over, stormed onto the pitch to address the fans, who she apparently believed weren’t pulling their weight.

Perhaps reflecting a lack of understanding of the way in which your average ticket-paying fan might counter an impromptu lesson in motivational speaking by a millionaire quiche and trifle virtuoso, the rant was welcomed by fans in the same way mourners might welcome a novelty ringtone during a funeral.

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"Let's be 'avin' you!" Or not.

"Let's be 'avin' you!" Or not.

"Let's be 'avin' you!" Or not.

Delia yelled: "A message for the best football supporters in the world - we need a 12th man here! Where are you? Where are you?! Let's be 'avin' you! Come on!"

Norwich, who were drawing 2-2 with City before Delia’s intervention, went on to lose 3-2.

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