Controversy of the season

The 2011/12 Premier League season will go down as one of its finest, with great games, goals, sackings and spats ensuring there's never been a dull moment. Our Football Desk never agrees at the best of times and it's no different here, as we choose our controversies of the season.

Bolton 2 QPR 1 (10/03/12): With the score 0-0 in a game between two teams battling to stay in the Premier League, Clint Hill's first-half header clearly crossed the line, yet was not awarded as a goal, further fuelling the goal-line technology debate. The relief for QPR is that at least the incident didn't cost them their top-flight status. MB

Luis Suarez & Patrice Evra: It is impossible to cover the detail of this controversy in a paragraph. Don't believe me? Well, the FA felt it merited a 115 page report and that was before Suarez compounded the situation by refusing to shake Evra's hand. Suffice to say we know more than we wanted to about the linguistic nuances involved when a Frenchman and a Uruguayan tell English authorities about a row in Spanish. AB

Carlos Tevez: Has there been a bigger controversy in football than Carlos Tevez refusing to warm up as a sub against Bayern Munich, which led to Roberto Mancini declaring he would never play for the club again? Failed bids from clubs throughout Europe in January eventually saw him make peace with his employers, but the incident in Munich will never be forgotten. GB

Mario Balotelli v Tottenham (22/01/12):Never far from the headlines, Balotelli was very much the central figure in this game at the Etihad Stadium after coming on in the 65th minute. Referee Howard Webb missed his stamp on Scott Parker and the Italian ended up scoring a last-minute penalty after being fouled by Ledley King to seal victory for Man City. Tottenham's title challenge unravelled and Roberto Mancini's men went on to win the league on goal difference. LR

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, Chelsea and QPR: Terry has always maintained his innocence after being accused of racially abusing Ferdinand at Loftus Road back in October and the case will be heard in court in July. But the incident cost the Chelsea skipper his role as England captain, which in turn led to Fabio Capello stepping down from his role as Three Lions boss prior to his scheduled departure after Euro 2012. RP

Press handling of Roy Hodgson's appointment: The Sun's front page upon the FA's decision to go with the 'one who isn't 'Arry' was nothing less than crass but it wasn't just the tabloids who took leave of their senses. Several leader columns in the broadsheets also made out as if the FA had plumped for the village idiot over Rinus Michels, as opposed to appointing a well respected coach whose stock and trade is building sides that are more than the sum of their parts. Sounds ideal for England. AD

Posted by Mark Buckingham, Adam Bate, Graeme Bailey, Lewis Rutledge, Rob Parrish & Alex Dunn

What has been the season's biggest controversy?

  • Bolton's ghost goal
  • Luis Suarez v Patrice Evra
  • Tevez going AWOL
  • Mario Balotelli stamp
  • John Terry and Anton Ferdinand spat
  • Press handling of Roy Hodgson's appointment
  • Other