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The World Cup is supposed to be a global feast serving us hungry fans with some top class football.
But pretty much every four years we are also treated to side dishes that are more difficult to digest.
With players, management and the supporting staff spending more time with each other than they are accustomed to things can reach a boiling point.
And with the 2010 World Cup only into its second week but we already have a juicy story or two.
But let's first refresh our memories with shenanigans from days gone by as we look at ten infamous rows to have taken place under the gaze of the globe.
Mick McCarthy, now seen comfortably seated in a plush Cape Town TV studio was not deemed to have arranged quite comfortable enough settings for his players in 2002.
Roy Keane, not often a man to mince his words, made it clear to his Republic of Ireland manager just what he thought of the team's training facilities in front of all the players.
Result: Keane sent home. Ireland qualified to the Round of 16 but lost on penalties to Spain.
The men from the Middle East were convinced they heard a whistle as the French mounted an attack and Alain Giresse was allowed to stroll through and score. Only after the goal the Kuwaitis discovered the noise had come from the stands.
Outraged, Kuwait refused to play on until the effort had been chalked off, with their players threatening to leave the field in protest. Even the Sheikhs who controlled Kuwaiti football left their seats to join in the pandemonium on the touchline.
Result: The referee disallowed the goal but France won 4-1. Kuwait's tournament ended at the group stage.
The heat in America back in 1994 was stifling at times, with players forced to compete in baking sunshine. And at times tempers boiled over.
Among those to get hot under the collar was Republic of Ireland striker John Aldridge, who gave an assistant referee an earful during a match against Mexico.
The moustachioed Merseysider's entrance on the pitch as a substitute was delayed by a bureaucratic mix-up and he duly vented his spleen at the unfortunate official he deemed responsible.
Result: Aldridge got onto the pitch and scored in the 84th minute but Ireland lost 2-1.
Years before this song became a French Eurovision Song Contest flop, an alleged affair led to the expulsion of a French player from the World Cup.
Jean-Francois Larios was said to have had a romatic liaison with no lesser figure than Michel Platini's wife.
Result: Larios was sent home while Platini, the current Uefa supremo, failed to land his hands on the World Cup trophy.
The two teams concocted a result to send both teams through to the knockout stages after the Germans were sensationally beaten by Algeria in their opening match of the tournament.
In these days the final group games were not played simultaneously. With all the other results known, a Germany win by one or two goals would qualify the central European neighbours.
Result: Germany went gung-ho at the start and Horst Hrubesch scored after 10 minutes. For the rest of the game both teams kicked the ball around aimlessly and both teams qualified. Germany reached the World Cup final but lost to Italy 3-1.
Strictly speaking this did not happen during a World Cup but in the run-up to the tournament in France. But Paul Gascoigne's exclusion from the England squad was certainly a significant decision.
After Glenn Hoddle told Gazza he would not be going to the World Cup, the player wrecked the then England coach's hotel room and had to be restrained.
Result: Gazza, in his prime a most talented midfield maestro, never played for England again. England lost to Argentina on penalties in the round of 16.
It may not be immediately obvious to all but not every German player has been perfectly immersed in that seemingly imperturbable Teutonic calm.
Stefan Effenberg, a controversial midfielder, reacted badly at being substituted in a group match against South Korea with the Germans toiling.
Result: Effenberg was dropped for the remainder of the tournament where Germany got to quarter-finals where they were beaten by Croatia 3-0.
The Dutch are famous for their internal squabbles but there is only space for one in here. Ruud Gullit, among the most talented players to wear the orange jersey, walked out of a pre-World Cup training camp after a disagreement with manager Dick Advocaat.
Result: Ruud Gullit's international career ended, Holland were beaten by Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Striker Nicolas Anelka gives an earful to his manager Raymond Domenech at half-time of the group game against Mexico. According to the French Football Federation, the comments were "totally unacceptable".
As Anelka ignored high-level requests for him to publicly apologise for the slur, the writing was on the wall for him.
Result: Anelka sent home. Players go on strike and miss training.
Striker Wayne Rooney cuts a frustrated figure after a goalless draw against Algeria. Leaving the pitch he faces the TV cameras, saying "Nice to see your home fans boo you, that's loyal supporters."
Unlike Anelka, Rooney afterwards apologised for his comment. The FA released a stamtement from Rooney ending with the following words: "For my part I apologise for any offence caused by my actions at the end of the game."
Result: Rooney remained with the England squad.
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