Swearing. It’s not big, it’s not clever but, in the right circumstances, it can be very, very funny.
Take football, for example. With any number of young kids watching on from home, swearing is very much frowned upon – as Dele Alli is about to find out after being caught swearing at Kyle Walker while playing for England in their World Cup qualifier with Slovakia.
Again, it wasn’t big and it wasn’t clever but it was damn funny. Here are nine more amusing examples of footballers dropping f-bombs, c-bombs, and s-bombs all over the place.
Wayne Rooney netted the winning goal in a 3-2 comeback victory over West Ham in the Premier League a few years back and decided to celebrate in the angriest way possible – by starting a sweary fight with the cameraman. It gave audiences at home first-hand experience of what it would be like if Rooney tried to start a fight with you. Scary stuff.
Interviewed in the wake of the Chelsea victory that saw the Blues claim a first Premier League title under Antonio Conte thanks to a late goal from Michy Batsuayi, the Spaniard summed up the win in sweary fashion. Gary Cahill summed up pretty much everyone else’s reaction too.
If you ever found yourself frustrated by the definitive Premier League target man Peter Crouch and his occasional bouts of clumsiness, don’t worry; he evidently felt exactly the same way. Never has the C-word been so audible in a Premier League game – pretty much everyone in the ground must have heard this.
Micah Richards scored his first goal for Manchester City in dramatic fashion – a late equaliser in an FA Cup tie with Aston Villa that took the game to a replay City eventually won. So he can be forgiven for swearing in his first ever post-match interview. It’s still funny though.
Sky Sports‘ Goals on Sunday has hosted many a sweary encounter with a football, with Stephen Bywater’s spelling out of the word “cunt” a particular highlight. That clip no longer exists online, so you’ll have to make do with this classicly expletive-laded Edgar Davids anecdote.
Mario Balotelli may have set up the goal that helped Manchester City win their first Premier League title but he was happy to admit, in the post-match interview, that he had been “shit” for much of the campaign. Not sure Sky Sports were too happy he said it though.
Joe Hart has a track record for sweary meltdowns on TV. There was that time he got caught swearing at a Manchester City teammate and the time he was seen sweary as England prepared to face Wales at Euro 2016. This is probably the pick of the bunch from World Cup 2014. That poor ball boy.
Harry Redknapp might come across as an affable Londoner and coach capable of getting the best out of some of the biggest bellends to ever grace the Premier League but even he has his limits. He doesn’t like being called a wheeler dealer and he doesn’t like players kicking balls at him. Seems reasonable.