Match of the Day anchor Gary Lineker clearly loves a bit of controversy, having goaded hometown club Leicester’s gaffer Nigel Pearson on a number of occasions this season, but the 54-year-old went overboard with his hyperbole when expressing frustration regarding this summer’s U-21 European Championship.
Lineker tweeted “if clubs try to pull their players out, it would be a national disgrace”, with regard to the potential involvement of Spurs’ Harry Kane, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, and Everton’s Ross Barkley in the Czech Republic.
Bit strong Gary, although to be fair, the D word has been doing the rounds this term:
“…is a disgrace for a big team to lose against a team from a lower division…we must feel ashamed. Me and the players…”
To be fair, losing 4-2 at home to League One Bradford in the FA Cup, after going 2-0 up early on, was pretty pathetic.
Jose Mourinho jr
“Why is everyone hating and blaming Fabregas for Sunday’s performance… It was a team effort. Fabregas might have not played as well as most expected but at least he kept fighting…showed a lot of character, I’ve seen bad Chelsea fans but Sunday was the worse I’ve ever seen. Fans booing Cesc not singing at all, I completely agree with the chant “Mourinho’s right, your fans are s**e.” Our fans are a disgrace!!!!”
Stirring stuff from young Jose Mario sticking up for his old dad. Probably wouldn’t walk down the King’s Road for a while though, and he plays for Fulham.
“The main problem in Netherlands is education, the coaches and the education of the coaches. One thing is certain and that is that things need to change. Netherlands were a disgrace against Turkey.”
There really is no pleasing the Barcelona legend, who attacked Dutch immigration minister Rita Verdonk for not granting Salomon Kalou a work permit ahead of the 2006 World Cup.
On that occasion Cruyff said:
“I don’t want to say the minister is to blame for the Dutch team getting knocked out, but she is definitely partly to blame…”
“I know that Boxing Day games are a tradition and I accept that and think we should maintain it…but I think that then playing on the 28th is a disgrace. We shouldn’t be playing then, we shouldn’t.”
Happily for Poyet, he didn’t have to deal with Sunderland’s hectic fixture list for much longer.
Ashley Cole’s agent David Manasseh
“Ashley is loving life in Italy and in Rome. He has never been happier…Whoever has given this information out is a disgrace because all it does is give fans of a football club false hope.”
Poor Crystal Palace fans were probably enjoying the January link prior to Manasseh’s slapdown.
Former Rangers defender John Brown
“I have to be very critical of the players right now. I have a lot of time for many of them but for the standard of player there, they are vastly underachieving.
“It is a disgrace that guys like Kenny Miller, Kris Boyd and Lee McCulloch – international players – and the experience they have got have been putting in the type of performances they have been. It’s shocking.
Hard to argue with Brown’s assessment, which was said in support of his former teammate and then-Rangers boss Ally McCoist. He got canned, the players remain.