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Handshakes for 'girls in boarding school'

Published 25/02/2012 | 05:00

It's not just the Premier League that has become obsessed with the delicate issue of the 'handshake'. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness took a leaf out of Kenny Dalglish's book when asked about Franck Ribery's refusal to shake hands with manager Jupp Heynckes after their Champions League defeat to Basle.

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"Just stop with your f***ing handshake questions," Hoeness raged. "You just keep talking about that handshake, for f*** sake. Who wants to shake hands after such a match? Are we at a boarding school for girls here or what?"

We know how he feels, but earlier on the same day, that other Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer had been urging players to conduct more handshakes. "You could convene at the halfway line and then go off the pitch together," he said. "That's what we used to do when I was at school."

Perhaps his girls' boarding school?

Irish Independent

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