'Tis the season of the pantomime, so what better way to celebrate it than to name the top five "villains" of the year in the world of sport. 

1. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad- the  French steeplechaser who was so comfortable in winning the Euro Champs' race in Zurich that he took off his vest before the final barrier and twirled it around. Unfortunately the officials decided that constituted an infringement of the rules and he was disqualified. Clearly a very emotionally charged man, he returned to the track later in the week and produced a sensational final lap to take the 1500m crown, but even then drew the wroth of the Swiss crowd with his antics towards them. His history of incidents in the past has included pushing over championship mascots and brawling with fellow countrymen after Diamond League races. 

2. Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan with a chequered history was a major factor in propelling Liverpool FC to almost winning their first League title since 1990, only to be edged out by Manchester City near the end of the season. Suarez was rewarded with the PFA Players' Player of the Year award and the FWA Footballer of the Year. A topsy turvy World Cup saw him put paid to England's chances after coming back from injury, but then put paid to his own by allegedly biting the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's arm during the final group game. Amid a lengthy ban and calls for the Reds to sell him, he moved to Barcelona in the summer and is beginning to find his feet in the star studded squad alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar. 

3. Ben Flower - the Welsh international prop was sensationally sent off for Wigan in only the second minute of their Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. The officials could see no other option after he had twice punched opponent Lance Hohaia in the face (once while he was laying prone on the ground). Ultimately,it probably cost his side the match to St Helens (14-6) and after widespread condemnation of his actions, cost Flower a six month ban from the sport.

4.Patrick Reed - the golfer from America played against Europe in this year's Ryder Cup,during which he attempted to  "shush" the Scottish crowd by putting a finger to his lips in true "baddie" fashion after holing a putt for par in his match with Henrik Stenson in the singles. He was less controlled during an event in Shanghai where a three-putt led to an expletive-laden outburst, including homophobic references. Maybe he'd have been better advised to "shush" himself on that occasion.

5. Justin Gatlin - the American sprinter has been banned from the sport of Athletics twice for doping offences, served his periods of expulsion and still comes back for more on the track. Many would prefer him to be excluded from the sport permanently, but the rules allow him to compete, yet he continues to taunt the "sceptics" with his current tutelage under a trainer who also suffered a drugs' ban. This season his times for the 100m and 200m events were the quickest ever by a man in his thirties and time wise he produced the best ever one-day sprint double . 
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