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Nalbandian's kick the latest in 'athlete vs. official' moments

Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2012 | 07:58 PM

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Argentina's David Nalbandian, left, looks on after causing an injury to the line judge, right, and is disqualified during the Queen's Club grass court championships final tennis match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in London on Sunday. (Sang Tan/Associated Press) Argentina's David Nalbandian, left, looks on after causing an injury to the line judge, right, and is disqualified during the Queen's Club grass court championships final tennis match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in London on Sunday. (Sang Tan/Associated Press)

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David Nalbandian's disqualification at the final of the Queen's Club in London on Sunday is just the latest incident in long line of athletes and officials mixing it up (whether on purpose or inadvertently) and will live forever in infamy, if not on YouTube.
David Nalbandian's disqualification at the final of the Queen's Club in London on Sunday is just the latest incident in long line of athletes and officials mixing it up (whether on purpose or inadvertently) and will live forever in infamy, if not on YouTube.

In no particular order, we at CBCSports.ca would like to present five memorable athlete vs. officials moments and the resulting fallout from those incidents:

Serena Williams vs. line judge at 2010 U.S. Open

A tantrum directed towards a line judge that called a foot fault penalty on Williams was laced with expletives and threats that we, a family website, could never print.





Aftermath: The outburst resulted in a semi-final win for Williams's opponent, Kim Clijsters, since the point penalty came on match point. It also meant an $82,500 US fine.

Helio Castroneves vs. IndyCar head of security at 2010 Edmonton Indy


The Brazilian driver was called for a blocking foul, dropping him from a win to second place. He was not amused, and, as the soundtrack to this video states, he had a "Bad Day."



Aftermath: Castronves was fined $60,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the racing season.

Zab Judah vs. referee Jay Nady in 2001

You can see at the 5:05 point of the video that Judah gets dropped by Kostya Tszyu, only to rise ...stumble and fall again. Judah doesn't agree with Nady's decision, as seen at 6:15 of this video, and proceeds to get up close and personal with the ref.




Aftermath: Judah was fined $75,000 and handed a six month suspension from the Nevada Boxing Commission.

Roberto Alomar vs. Umpire John Hirschbeck in Toronto in 1996

The long-time Blue Jays second baseman was in Toronto for many of his career highs, but it was also the setting for a career low when, playing with the Baltimore Orioles, he spit at Hirschbeck after arguing a strike-out call.

Aftermath: Alomar was suspended five games and also donated $50,000 to ALD research, a disorder that Hirschbeck's young son had died from.

Brett Lawrie vs. umpire Bill Miller in Toronto in 2012


Lawrie's battling helmet goes flying after two questionable strike calls by Miller. It wasn't the only thing to strike the umpire as a fan drenched him in a beer on his way off the field.



Aftermath: The incident cost the Blue Jays' third baseman a four-game suspension.

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