Most controversial moments from the 2015-2016 Premier League season

From West Ham fans attacking Manchester United's team bus to Louis van Gaal pulling a reporter's hair, once again the English Premier League saw it all in 2015-2016.

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We delve into the annals of shame for 10 moments to forget from another campaign heaped with controversy.

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Jose Mourinho abuses Doctor Eva Carneiro



On the Premier League's opening weekend, Mourinho unwittingly signed his own Chelsea death warrant by abusing club doctor Eva Carneiro for daring to run onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. Chelsea were held to a 2-2 home draw by Swansea that day, but the real damage to the champions' title defence was inflicted by Mourinho himself. The self-proclaimed 'Special One' lost the backing of Chelsea's dressing room after attacking Carneiro, who later took the club to an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal. Mourinho muddled on until December, before being forced out of Stamford Bridge for the second time in his career.

Gabriel Paulista's red card following running battle with Diego Costa



Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a notorious wind-up merchant and Arsenal defender Paulista was sucked in and sent off after kicking out at the Spain international after he had tussled with Laurent Koscielny during Chelsea's 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. Costa seemed to get away with both pushing and striking Koscielny, but Paulista then lost his cool. A needless and niggly way to receive a red card.

Manchester United boss Van Gaal threatens to pull a reporter's hair



Louis Van Gaal made his own players squirm by claiming he wanted them "horny" before big matches, but the Manchester United boss took the bedroom references a step further after his side's 1-1 home draw with Leicester on Sunday, May 1. The Dutch manager defended Marouane Fellaini against his elbow on Robert Huth by claiming the Leicester defender had pulled his player's hair. Van Gaal said such practices were only in "sex masochism" and then reached behind the camera as if to pull the hair of Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davison, who later said the Dutchman did not actually go through with it.

Mousa Dembele's attempted eye-gouging shame



Only victory could enable Tottenham to stop Leicester securing the Barclays Premier League title. Chelsea scrambled a 2-2 draw to delight their fans and end Spurs' title dreams. Ugly clashes at half-time later showed Mousa Dembele attempting to gouge Diego Costa's eye. Midfielder Dembele later received a six-match ban for his actions, with the authorities desperate to send a message of deterrence.

Upton Park farewell tainted by louts attacking Manchester United team bus



Co-owner David Gold was later forced to apologise for claiming West Ham fans had not attacked the Manchester United team bus ahead of the final match at Upton Park. A night which was meant to celebrate the East End focal point before the Hammers' switch to the Olympic Stadium quickly descended into chaos, even before a ball had been kicked. West Ham won out 3-2 on the field to hand the Boleyn Ground a fitting on-field send-off, but the ugly scenes off it marred the occasion.

Embarrassing defending underpins Newcastle's woeful fight against relegation



Steven Taylor's master-class in how not to defend encapsulated all that was wrong with now-relegated Newcastle in a hapless 3-1 defeat at Southampton on April 9. Taylor was so poor he was withdrawn at half-time by boss Rafael Benitez. Newcastle's manifold problems off the pitch doubtless remain front and centre of the relegation blame game, but rarely has a Premier League team defended so poorly and appeared so disjointed as this woefully inept, heartless performance.

Pellegrini forced into admitting his time at City was up



Manchester City fans unfurl the banners with pride, proclaiming Manuel Pellegrini as 'This Charming Man', and the Chilean has certainly kept his dignity intact at the Etihad. But the former Real Madrid coach must have fought to keep his cool when effectively forced to announce his own departure in a February press conference. City bosses were itching to confirm the worst-kept secret of Pep Guardiola's summer arrival, and Pellegrini duly relented to the pressure. City's league form faltered almost immediately, ending any hopes of taking their title challenge to the wire.

Chelsea fans boo star players and accuse squad of turning their backs on Jose Mourinho after the Portugese manager's sacking



No sooner had Jose Mourinho been removed by Chelsea than the club's fans made their feelings known before kick-off against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 19. Blues fans booed Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa when the three stars' names were announced to the crowd in the team line-up. Supporters waved banners branding all three "rats" as Chelsea fans vented frustration with the team appearing to withdraw support for Mourinho in the run-up to his dismissal.

Beleaguered Newcastle manager Steve McClaren rows with journalist

Just seven days before being sacked by Newcastle, former England boss McClaren proved his desperation by attacking a journalist in a press conference to preview the March 5 clash at home to Bournemouth. In a bid to deflect rumours he was facing the sack, McClaren launched several smears against one of the journalists present at the press conference. The journalist and McClaren were then involved in a public spat, before later apologising and discussing the matter in further detail. Surely this unedifying episode must rank high among McClaren's many ill-judged and fruitless endeavours on Tyneside.

Louis van Gaal loses the right to criticise his players for diving



Unorthodox Manchester United boss Van Gaal employed another ill-conceived trick during the Red Devils' 3-2 home win over Arsenal on February 28. In a bid to overemphasise his frustrations with apparent diving by Arsenal, Van Gaal threw himself theatrically to the ground in front of a nonplussed fourth official. The United boss later apologised for his antics, but the damage was already done.


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Published 14 May 2016 at 3:00pm
Source: PA Sport