While 2010 saw plenty of sporting success on the field, once again there was no shortage of stars making headlines off field for all the wrong reasons.
Players from a diverse range of sports, variety of sticky situations this year, with some having past exploits in their personal lives aired for the very first time.
Here is the best sporting controversies:
The disastrous French campaign in the football World Cup in South Africa took an ugly turn during the second game against Mexico, when star striker Nicolas Anelka abused coach Raymond Domenech on being told to change his game. Anelka was substituted and subsequently sent home for refusing to apologise. There was more in store for next day, when Patrick Evra scuffled with trainer Robert Duverne, with TV cameras capturing every moment of it. France finished at the bottom of the group in what turned out to be their worst World Cup ever.