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Whoops: 10 top gaffes

Published 03/09/2011 | 05:00

When it comes to bloopers, blunders and gaffes, Tony Cascarino is in very good company.

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"Stick with the kebabs."

-- Conor Lenihan's ill-advised heckle in 2005 to TD Joe Higgins who had campaigned on behalf of the Turkish GAMA workers.

"The terrorist has got another wicket."

-- Cricket commentator Dean Jones didn't know the microphone was on when making his remark about Muslim cricketer Hashim Amla in 2006. He was subsequently made unemployed.

"In the early hours of the morning in Glastonbury there's pretty steamy showers on the way, which will give way to quite a muddy shite . . ."

-- The BBC's Radio 4 weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker put his foot in it when he meant to warn Glastonbury revellers to expect a muddy 'site'.

"People say, 'how can you sell this for such a low price?' I say, because it's total crap."

-- When Gerald Ratner joked about his family's jewellery business he wiped £500m off its value in 1991.

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

-- Kate Moss's comment caused outrage among those accusing the fashion industry of promoting anorexia.

"Very few of our customers have to wear suits for work. They'll be for his first interview or first court case."

-- The brand director for the Topman clothing chain described his target market in less than flattering terms in a 2001 interview.

"The Dr Goebbels of propaganda."

-- Michael McDowell's now infamous 2006 description of the mild-mannered Richard Bruton.

"They worked like blacks."

-- Mary O'Rourke's praise for her staff's hard work during the 2006 general election landed her in very hot water.

"I know that in Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps -- I shall put you forward for the role."

-- Silvio Berlusconi ruffled feathers at the start of Italy's EU presidency by referring to a German MEP, Martin Schulz, as a "concentration camp guard".

"Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."

-- The king of the gaffe Prince Philip once again caused offence when recession was sweeping through Britain in 1981.

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