Arsenal defeated Sheffield United with a controversial goal leading the two clubs to replay the match
Sheffield United traveled to Highbury in 1999 for a FA Cup fifth round fixture at Arsenal.
With the scored tied 1-1 in the second half United midfielder Lee Morris was the recipient of a Patrick Vieira tackle. With Morris on the ground receiving treatment the ball was put out of play as is customary.
Normally in these situations the ball is returned to the opponent when play resumes. Instead Arsenal’s Nwankwo Kanu met the incoming ball and passed to Marc Overmars who scored.
Sheffield manager Steve Bruce and his players were irate and complained to match officials. The goal was allowed to stand and the game finished 2-1 for the Gunners.
In a classy display of sportsmanship Arsene Wenger offered to replay the match. The FA approved and ten days later the contest began anew.
Again Arsenal won 2-1 but this time they did it the right way.