Tuesday 17 October 2017

Zhe's fighting spirit a little over-Keane

WE all remember how Roy Keane used to shout and roar at his team-mates whenever they didn't do what His Royness wanted them to do on the pitch.

But even Keano would have been shocked by former China international Jiao Zhe's antics last weekend. Zhe (29) has been banished to the reserves and fined by his club, Shandong Luneng, after he slapped a young defender. Zhe apparently took Zhang Chi to task for not doing his duties and when he didn't reply, Zhe took it as a sign of disrespect and clocked him.

Zhe has got form, though. He was stripped of the captain's armband last year for insulting fans and was dropped at the start of the season for injuring other players in training and questioning the coach's choices.

Maybe Roy should take him to Ipswich to put manners on him.

"We have in Muller-Wohlfahrt the best sports doctor in the world with a success rate of 100pc. If Mr Van Toorn can not recognise the injury then he should buy himself some glasses." -- Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness slams Dutch physio Dick van Toorn over Arjen Robben's injury, which he picked up before the World Cup.

"These people are clowns. They just entertained the public. It makes me die of laughter." -- Nicolas Anelka sums up his feelings towards the French Football Federation after receiving an 18-match international ban.

"These lads that are given far too much, too soon are monsters. They behave wrongly, they don't portray what a professional footballer should be as a role model and they get far too much, too soon and they waste it. So my job is to produce a proper player and a proper person first." -- As always, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway tells it as it is.

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