Journalists, managers and pundits define a situation as ironic:
• when there is a disparity between an expected event and an actual event
• when there is a coincidental relationship between two events
• when the actions of players are incongruous with a situation of which they are ignorant, yet its nature is clear to observers
• whenever any other thing happens
Football matches frequently contain coincidences, surprises and things happening, leading to hundreds and sometimes thousands of ironic events every game.
Something is not ironic if it does not take place on a football pitch, if it does not involve a footballer, manager, mascot or Page 3 slattern, if it cannot be subdivided into two halves, and if an important part of its equipment cannot be replaced with jumpers.
Irony should not be confused with sarcasm. Sarcastic events on a football pitch are rare, although they usually involve Filippo Inzaghi on account of his incredibly sarcastic face.
Examples of irony include everything that has ever happened in the history of football.