While the world’s best athletes were lauded for their achievements in the past year, some of their rivals attracted attention for the wrong reasons, by being involved in comical situations which will long be remembered by fans.
RT Sport recalls some of the most hilarious and bizarre moments of 2017 in five different sports.
Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner was widely rediculed by football fans following his hilarious mistake during a clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German Bundesliga in November. The 23-year old 'keeper tried to make a pass out of his own penalty area, but mistook the penalty spot for the ball, resulting in a zany air kick over the penalty spot. It nearly cost his side a goal.
When he was asked about the mistake, Zentner explained: “The ball was passed back to me with a bit of backspin. ‘In the corner of my eye, I could see something white and I thought it was the ball — but it was the penalty spot and the ball was somewhere else.”
Toronto Maple Leafs center-forward Nazem Kadri slammed his stick down as he entered the penalty box, accidentally hitting an off-ice NHL official directly in the face with its butt end. The incident happened during the third period of the game with the Florida Panthers in November.
The player was lucky enough to avoid any additional punishment, having served only his two minute cross-checking penalty he was initially sent to the box for.