9 moments to forget from the 2015/16 Premier League season


From West Ham fans attacking Manchester United's team bus to Louis van Gaal diving on the sidelines, once again the Premier League saw it all in 2015/16.

We've trawled the annals of shame for 9 moments to forget from another campaign packed with controversy.

1. Jose Mourinho's run-in with Dr Eva Carneiro.

Eva Carneiro and Jose Mourinho.
(Mike Egerton/John Walton/PA)

On the Premier League's opening weekend, Mourinho unwittingly signed his own Chelsea death warrant with his treatment of 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.

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

Diego Costa brawls with Arsenal's defence
(Alastair Grant/AP)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a wind-up merchant: this everyone in the Premier League knows, or at least all but Arsenal's Gabriel, up until September 19. The Gunners defender was sent off after kicking out at Costa, who 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 then Gabriel lost his cool. A needless and niggly way to receive a red card.

3. Mousa Dembele's attempted eye-gouging shame.

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

4. Upton Park farewell tainted by louts attacking Manchester United team bus.

Th eManchester United team bus leaves Upton Park
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Club 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 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.

5. Embarrassing defending underscores Newcastle's woeful fight against relegation.

Steven Taylor playing for Newcastle
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Steven Taylor's masterclass in how not to defend encapsulated all that was wrong with now-relegated Newcastle United in a hapless 3-1 defeat at Southampton on April 9. Taylor was so poor as to be 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.

6. Manuel Pellegrini forced into admitting his time at Manchester City was up.

Manuel Pellegrini on the sidelines with Manchester City
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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.

7. Chelsea fans boo star players and accuse squad of turning their backs on Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea fans make their feelings known
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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. The 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.

8. Beleaguered Newcastle manager Steve McClaren rows with journalist.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren appears dejected
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Just seven days before being sacked by Newcastle United, former England boss McClaren proved his desperation by attacking a journalist in a press conference to preview the March 5 home Premier League clash with Bournemouth. In a bid to deflect rumours he was facing the sack, McClaren set on one of the journalists present at the press conference, implying he had an agenda against the club. 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.

9. Louis Van Gaal loses the right to criticise his players for diving.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal argues with the fourth official
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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.