Everyone loves a good sporting quote, indeed Jose Mourinho could release a whole book of some of the pearlers he’s produced over the years. Everyone knows Bill Shankly’s one liner, “Football is not a matter of life or death, it’s much more important than that,” but here are some of the shockers you may not have heard:
1. Tony Cascarino –
“Poor Traoré at right-back is having a Holocaust.” A Sky Sports pundit producing outrageous remarks on national television? Who would ever have thought that? Armand Traore is a terrible defender, but this rather crossed the line.
2. Alan Pardew –
“He absolutely rapes him.” The BBC won’t be inviting the Newcastle manager back for punditry anytime soon after his description of a Michael Essien tackle in 2009. Women’s groups across the country were in uproar, finally giving the BBC complaints section something else to deal with that doesn’t mention the name Jeremy Clarkson.
3. Ron Atkinson –
“He’s what is known in some schools as a f*****g lazy thick n****r.” This one had it all. Swearing, racism and an accidentally left-on microphone. Marcel Desailly wasn’t the only one left less-than-impressed after Ron’s remark about him on ITV during a Champions League semi-final. He resigned immediately.
4. Liam Brady –
“If My Granny Had Balls, She’d Be My Grandad.” The former Arsenal legend came out with a beauty when managing Brighton. His post-match analysis came following a draw with non-League Canvey Island, when discussing whether the ball had crossed the line. Thanks for your wonderful insight Liam.
5. Richard Keys and Andy Gray –
‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’ Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.’ These two caused a storm discussing Sian Massey’s performance as a lineswoman during a Liverpool-Wolves match. The feminist societies went into overdrive and their resignations followed. But let’s be honest, Fifa 12 just isn’t the same without Andy Grey.
5. Phillipe Senderos –
“He comes in your face.” More of a slip-of-the-tongue than an actual quote, but funny enough to include anyway. When explaining Joey Barton’s strong tackling style on ESPN, the Swiss defender revealed rather more about Mr Barton’s off-field antics than we wanted to know.
6. Ian Hollaway –
“Similar to gang-banging a Czech girl on holiday.” He lit up the Premiership with his hilarious interviews last season, including his comparison of pulling an ugly girl on a night out to a scrappy win. However, this one came from a 5-1 win over Millwall during his Bristol Rovers days. Sounds like Ian’s trips to Prague were an interesting experience.
7. Micah Richards –
‘It was great to be out there, f****n.’ After scoring his first goal for Man City in 2006, Micah then dropped an F-bomb on the BBC. While you can put this down to youthful exuberance, he then did it again last year after the F.A Cup final. Moron.
8. Brian Clough –
“I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud.” Mr Clough could never keep his mouth shut at the best of times, and his opinion on women playing football was hardly the most appropriate of things to say. Even if we all agreed with him.
9. Sepp Blatter –
“We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen.” The old fool of World Football came out with another shocker this week when discussing racism in football. Almost everyone in the game called for his resignation after his statement was released, but no, he stubbornly clings to his role as ‘top dog.’ Another case of ‘Did he really just say that?’
10. Ron Atkinson –
“I’ll only get into trouble if his mother’s back home watching the game sitting up a tree.” Big Ron flies into the Top 10 again with another racist remark this time after calling a Cameroonian defender “absolutely brainless.” He then followed it up with the horror show above. How on earth he escaped punishment first time round is beyond belief.