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Hartson video nasty sums up surreal world of top flight

Joe Molloy

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

John Hartson can vividly recall his infamous kick to the head of Eyal Berkovic during a training session with West Ham. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
John Hartson can vividly recall his infamous kick to the head of Eyal Berkovic during a training session with West Ham. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

The life of a Premier League footballer is a surreal one in many ways, as John Hartson knows better than almost anybody.

Hartson was joined by Bryan Robson, John Giles, Kenny Cunningham and others at our Galway roadshow last Thursday in the Radisson and spoke brilliantly about the peculiar situations players find themselves in.

He vividly recalled his infamous kick to the head of Eyal Berkovic during a training session with West Ham, something he deeply regrets to this day.

The incident was caught on camera but Hartson clearly remembers Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves approaching him to assure him that "this video will be brought back to base and locked in a drawer".

"It'll never see the light of day," Shreeves assured him.

Relieved that a bad day wouldn't get any worse, Hartson (above) returned home and said nothing to his girlfriend.

That night, they sat down to watch the ITV 10.0 news together on the couch.

Before the first item, Trevor McDonald gravely warned viewers that the upcoming scenes were not suitable for children; the first item being Hartson's training-ground assault.

His girlfriend turned to him in a state of shock. "What the bloody hell have you done?" she asked.

Irish Independent

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