The Top 23 Sporting Controversies of 2023: Feuds, Drama, Cheating, and Dirty Tricks

Looking back at the sporting highlights, lowlights and moments that mattered for 2023 in Australia and beyond, The Roar has compiled a list of the 23 most controversial moments, both on and off the field. From Jonny Bairstow’s stumping controversy in Test cricket to Eddie Jones’ disastrous return as Wallabies coach, there were plenty of flashpoints that incited debate and divided opinions. The article touches on everything from goalpost drama in AFL finals to a World Cup kiss without consent, as well as controversies involving Tom Curry, Bongi Mbonambi, Angelo Mathews, Michael Hopper, Quade Cooper, Valentine Holmes, and more. Whether it’s the drama over a ball swap in the Ashes, or the Italian football scandal implicating over 40 players, 2023 has been a year filled with controversy and memorable moments.