Today in sports history: May 21 - John Terry's slip helps Manchester Utd win Champions League

John Terry reacts to falling over during the Champions League final.
John Terry reacts to falling over during the Champions League final. Photo credit: Getty

Some of the sports stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on May 21.


The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in France. 

The first president of FIFA was Robert Guérin.

Today FIFA is the highest governing body of football, responsible for the organisation and promotion of football's major international tournaments, including the World Cup.


American boxer Muhammad Ali beats Brit Henry Cooper at Arsenal Stadium in London to retain the WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.


Wellington outclass Wales 38-22 in the second match of their New Zealand tour. 

Skipper Bleddyn Bowen sustained a broken wrist, ruling him out of the tour, and he was replaced as captain by Bob Norster.

Wales would only win two of their eight matches in New Zealand, against Waikato and Otago. 


Manchester United win the Champions League in an all-English final, beating Chelsea 5-4 on penalties.

After Christiano Ronaldo's attempt was saved, Chelsea captain John Terry had the chance to win it for his side, but he slipped and his shot sprayed wide. 

Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka's effort from Chelsea's seventh kick to give United their third European Cup title.


Scotland's Gary Anderson beats rival Michael van Gerwen 11-7 in the final of the Premier League Darts at the O2 Arena, London.

Earlier in the night, 'The Flying Scotsman' stood on the brink of defeat in his semi-final encounter against Dave Chisnall, but took out a brilliant 116, after the Englishman squandered three match darts.

Gary Anderson.
Gary Anderson. Photo credit: Getty

Anderson became the  second player to follow up a world championship success with the Premier League title.


1957 - UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer 

1974 - Former NRL star & boxer Anthony Mundine

1982 - Former All Blacks midfielder Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu.
Ma'a Nonu. Photo credit: Getty

1984 - American golfer Gary Woodland 

1994 - British diver Tom Daley 

1996 - Buffalo Bills NFL quarterback Josh Allen 


2010 -  New Zealand cricketer Trevor Meale, aged 81

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Crusaders' Richie Mo'unga accused of groping, spitting beer at woman in South Africa

Crusaders star Richie Mo'unga has been accused of spitting beer at a woman and inappropriately touching her at a bar during the team's just-completed South African trip.

Richie Mo'unga.
Richie Mo'unga. Photo credit: Getty

The woman said she was standing with friends at Cape Town's Arcade bar, when a group of players she thought were All Blacks started to spit beer at them.

"My friends and I were just standing, talking and then we just had... a lot of beer being spat at us," she told Radio New Zealand.

"My friend and I were shocked at what was happening. I told the guy, 'look here, that's not okay, you don't do that', and he just flat out ignored us and walked away.

"He looked at us with a dead stare and just walked away."

One of Mo'unga's group then came over to apologise and assure them it wouldn't happen again.

The incident followed claims of a homophobic attack by Crusaders players in the same city, but a subsequent NZ Rugby investigation into both accusations cleared the franchise of wrongdoing.