Tuesday 23 January 2018

Five wacky, weird and wonderful things about the Premier League

Manuel Pellegrini will be determined to keep hold of the Premier League title
Manuel Pellegrini will be determined to keep hold of the Premier League title

The Premier League is back on Saturday and every day this week we will bring you some of it's great, and not so great moments.


MAY 13, 2012


Man City win league. . . just about

A moment that was made for television – or rather, two televisions.

It says much for the ordinariness of the "title race" that a shockingly ordinary QPR team could have come so close – it was 93:20 when Sergio Aguero scored the decisive goal – to upsetting the odds.

As Aguero stopped time and elongated Martin Tyler's South American-esque goal announcement, the other sight of the day was watching Alex Ferguson's gum-chewing jaw drop.

Keane has a word with Alf Inge Haaland; in his autobiography Keane admitted he deliberately injured the Manchester City player


APRIL 22, 2001

'Take that, you c***'

Keane on Haaland. Revenge served ice cold

Four years after his failed attempt to tackle Alfe-Inge Haaland had cost him a season through injury, Roy Keane had always vowed revenge for what he claimed were the Norwegian's accusations that the fiery Corkman had feigned injury.

Keane would allow a World Cup to pass him by before being accused of feigning injury; Haaland's fate was sealed. He would later be banned for revealing all in his book. Funny, there were actually worse tackles that day.

April 2013 – Appears to bite Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and scores Liverpool’s equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield.

APRIL 21, 2013

The 'bite' stuff...

Suarez shows appetite with Ivanovic nibble

As Chelsea were heading to a rare victory at Anfield, the controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez decided to take matters into his own hands – or rather his teeth – by sinking his gnashers into the arms of defender Branislav Ivanovic.

After much predictable displays of victimhood from Merseyside, he was banned for 10 matches. A comedian at the time was relieved that, after his impromptu meal, at least he didn't ask for the Cech.


APRIL 27, 1996

'I'd LOVE it if we beat them...'

Keegan loses the plot

As Newcastle United's once-imperious lead over Man Utd was whittled away, so was their famously combustible manager's composure. He played for England – managed them, too – but is still best remembered for screaming: "I would love it ... " while wearing your granny's headphones.

Keegan accused United's rivals of "going easy" on Alex Ferguson's teams; the prosaic truth was that Newcastle's kamikaze defence was incapable of holding even a 22-point lead, let alone a 12-point one. Still, great TV.



SEPTEMBER 26, 1998

Feisty Italian Alcocks up

Di Canio's push comes to shove

Little did we know it then but controversial Italian Paolo Di Canio was an admirer of black-clad officialdom. Not that bemused official Paul Alcock would agree in this Arsenal clash, as he was sent tumbling comically to the ground by the Italian's tempestuous push. It wouldn't be the last time Di Canio would get in trouble for raising his right arm in protest; on this occasion he was given an 11-match ban.


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