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Saturday 20 September 2014

From Jimmy Savile to Osama Bin Laden – some controversial sporting fancy dress

Published 10/01/2014 | 10:30

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Jermaine Pennant. On the left.
Robbie Fowler dresses up as singer Lionel Ritchie

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has apologised for his recent fancy dress attire, not that he is the first to face a backlash for his choice of costume.

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His suicide bomber outfit, complete with Jagermeister bottles strapped on for full effect was met with stinging criticism and the England international was forced to apologise for his actions.

He isn’t however the first to land in hot water for such an offence.

Jermaine Pennant

Like Smalling, the Stoke City midfielder decided to go all out for New Years with an Osama Bin Laden costume, which luckliy for him his partner Alice Goldwin posted up on Instagram.

The former England international who is no stranger to controversy really made the effort, clutching onto fake dynamite for full effect.

Robbie Fowler

To some it was typical Scouse humour, to many others it was plain racism. The former Liverpool striker paid homage to singer Lionel Ritchie by dressing up in similar attire and darkening his face.

The timing was not the best either as it came during the Luis Suarez race row that engulfed the club at the time. Unfortunately for Robbie, the fact he had the clothes, tache and hair down to a tee was lost in the subsequent furore.

Durham University Rugby Club

The student rugby club was banned for a term after members went on a night out dressed up as disgraced TV star Jimmy Savile.

The club came under the spotlight after their ‘current affairs’ social where First-year players dressed up as young girls, second years wore Savile outfits and third and fourth years came as police officers or Panorama journalists.

Liverpool FA Cup Final suits

Yes, a red herring we know. The 1996 FA Cup Final saw Man Utd complete the double with an Eric Cantona goal enough to seal victory over Liverpool, but it is the match day suits donned by the Reds that is still perhaps the main talking point from the game.

It wasn’t fancy dress obviously, but the level of abuse that came the players way for donning the cream-coloured suits has meant that the outfits have always been held up for ridicule.

The suits did little to dispel their 'Spice Boys' nickname, though had they won the match, the suits may not have been given such limelight.

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