Five of the most controversial events from women's sport this year

Cameroon played a controversial match against England in the World Cup (PA Images)
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Women's sport has made headlines for a lot of ground-breaking reasons this year. 

However, there have also been controversial moments throughout 2019 which have had everybody talking.

Here are our top five controversial sporting events of the year so far.

England vs Cameroon

England and Cameroon faced each other in the round of 16 at the 2019 Women's World Cup (PA Images)

The women's football World Cup in the summer smashed records and put the female side of the sport firmly on the map. However, England's last 16 match against Cameroon caused a stir for all the wrong reasons.

The Cameroon team reacted angrily and temporarily refused to play after a VAR decision determined that Ellen White's goal did go in, taking England's lead to 2-0 before half-time.

VAR struck again in when Cameroon's Ajara Nchout's goal was disallowed and the African side's substitutes and players began protesting to the referee once again.

There were more dramatic incidents in the game including Yvonne Leuko elbowing Nikita Parris in the face, Toni Duggan accusing Augustine Ejangue of spitting on her, and Jeannette Yango pushing the referee in the back.

Sifan Hassan's interview after the Alberto Salazar news breaks

Sifan Hassan won world titles in the 1500m and 10,000m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha (PA Images)

The athletics world was rocked at the Doha World Championships as it was revealed that coach Alberto Salazar had been banned for four years for doping offences.

Sifan Hassan, who competed in and won the 1500m, was being coached by Salazar up until his ban.

Speculation surrounding Salazar's athletes became the main talking point of the championships and in a post-race interview with BBC Sport Hassan made her feelings clear about doping.

Hassan said: "If they're going to test me every day, I'm open for it. How do people think we are cheating? They think I don't get tested? I get tested every time. We are always clean. We always stay clean. We work hard.

"This was a very hard week for me and I was just so angry. I've been clean all my life. I work hard. I couldn't talk to anyone. I just ran all out."

Johanna Konta retort to journalist at Wimbledon

Johanna Konta reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2019 (PA Images)

Johanna Konta may not have won Wimbledon this year but she did grab the headlines when she hit back at a journalist when they asked her a question following her defeat at the All England Club.

After her quarter-final loss to Barbora Strycova, a journalist asked her: "Do you not have to look at yourself a little bit about how you cope with those big points, because it's all very well saying it's a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points when you could have perhaps done better?"

Konta countered with: "I don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I'm very open with you guys, and say how I feel out there, and if you don't want to accept that answer, or you don't agree with it, that's fine.

"But, I still believe in the tennis that I play, and I still believe in the way I competed, and yeah I don't have much more to say to your question."

The journalist added: "I'm just asking you as someone who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this and win a Grand Slam one day, is it not something that you need."

Konta simply replied: "Please don't patronise me. In the way that you're asking your question you're being quite disrespectful, and you are patronising me. I'm a professional competitor, who did her best today, and that's all there is to that."

US football team sue for equal pay

The USA became only the second country to retain the Women's World Cup (PA Images)

The USA soccer team made history in July when they lifted the Women's World Cup for a record fourth time.

But that was not the only battle they were looking to overcome as prior to the tournament the team filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation for gender discrimination.

Stars such as Megan Rapinoe have said the men would have been paid two thirds more than them if the men had been as successful as the women over the same period.

The court battle is still raging on with Rapinoe saying recently that the players are open to a settlement, but they won't shy away from the battle for equality.

Caster Semenya and testosterone levels

Caster Semenya won Olympic gold in the 800m at London 2012 and Rio 2016 (PA Images)

In May, 800m runner Caster Semenya lost her court battle with the IAAF. The athlete wanted to be able to continue competing while not having to reduce her testosterone levels.

Semenya has a condition called disorders/differences of sex developments (DSD) which means while she is biologically female, she has high levels of testosterone in her body.

The IAAF told the middle-distance runner that she had to reduce the level by taking medication, which she refused to do.

The South African is now not allowed to compete unless she reduces her levels and so Semenya has now turned to football in light of the ruling.