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'Don't freak him out, or you'll blow his top...' Football has had its fair share of hard men, eccentrics and bad boys over the years. Here are some particularly memorable players.

A multiple-choice quiz by Kankurette. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Kankurette
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
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392,733
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Which member of Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang" attracted attention by grabbing Paul Gascoigne's testicles in a match against Newcastle United, was sent off twelve times during his playing career, and later went on to become an actor? Hint

Mick Harford
John Fashanu
Vinnie Jones
Dennis Wise

2. Which former England player was nicknamed 'Bites Yer Legs' for his aggressive tackling style? Hint

Nobby Stiles
Norman Hunter
Jimmy Greaves
Roger Hunt

3. Sometimes it's the smaller ones you have to watch out for! Jimmy Case was one of Liverpool's more diminutive players in the glory years of the Shankly/Paisley era, at 5ft 9, but still gained a reputation as a hard man with a vicious tackle. He also had a colourful social life off the pitch. With what crime were Case and his fellow team mate Ray Kennedy charged in 1980? Hint

Rape
Vandalising the changing rooms at Goodison Park
Armed robbery
Assaulting a hotelier

4. Which former Manchester United player once said, "I spent money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered"? Hint

George Best
Ryan Giggs
Eric Cantona
Denis Law

5. Which Senegalese player, formerly of Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers, got into trouble various times for spitting at opposition players and fans, and was dubbed "lower than a sewer rat" by Neil Warnock? Hint

Papa Bouba Diop
Aliou Cissť
Mamadou Niang
El Hadji Diouf

6. Which former Everton player turned coach, known for his ability in the air, was sentenced to imprisonment in HMP Barlinnie for headbutting a fellow player? Hint

Duncan Ferguson
Andy Hinchcliffe
Neville Southall
David Unsworth

7. What form of assault did Luis Suarez commit against Branislav Ivanovic during a match against Chelsea, and Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup? Hint

Punching
Biting
Headbutting
Poking them in the eye

8. Which Italian player, formerly of Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United, caused controversy when he declared himself a fascist and performed the "Roman salute" in front of Lazio supporters? Hint

Benito Carbone
Paolo di Canio
Simone Zaza
Alessandro Diamanti

9. For which of these offences did the Football Association NOT charge Joey Barton with violent conduct? Hint

Stubbing out a cigar in Jamie Tandy's eye
Punching Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach
Repeatedly punching Ousmane Dabo
Involvement in a brawl between QPR and Manchester City

10. Gareth Barry racked up a large number of red and yellow cards while at Everton but his bad behaviour didn't stop when he left them for West Bromwich Albion. What did Barry and three of his West Brom team mates steal on a drunken night out in Barcelona? Hint

Lionel Messi's wallet
A bus
A taxi
An ostrich


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which member of Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang" attracted attention by grabbing Paul Gascoigne's testicles in a match against Newcastle United, was sent off twelve times during his playing career, and later went on to become an actor?

Answer: Vinnie Jones

The now defunct team Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang" got the reputation due to their habit of pranking each other and their managers, and their rough and ready style of play. The nickname became mainstream when John Motson, commentating on the cup final game against Liverpool where Wimbledon were the underdogs, quipped, "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club". Jones held the record for one of the fastest bookings in league football when he was at Chelsea, being booked three seconds in for fouling Sheffield United's Dane Whitehouse. He also got into trouble with Wimbledon over a video he presented entitled "Soccer's Hard Men", which was seen as encouraging unsporting behaviour.

After retiring from football, Jones took up acting, playing 'hard man' roles in films such as Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" and "X-Men", where he played the Juggernaut. (John Fashanu, incidentally, became a TV presenter - people of a certain age might remember him as the host of "Gladiators" in the '90s.)
2. Which former England player was nicknamed 'Bites Yer Legs' for his aggressive tackling style?

Answer: Norman Hunter

The nickname caught on during Hunter's time at Leeds United, after their fans held up a banner reading "Norman Hunter bites yer legs" during the 1972 FA Cup final against Arsenal. Leeds United's then manager Brian Clough also commented on it in a pre-match interview. Hunter's rivalry with Chelsea's Peter Osgood saw clashes on the pitch between the two.

He also got into a (rather one-sided, it has to be said) fight with Franny Lee of Derby County in 1975, when Lee won a dubious penalty against Leeds. Hunter responded by punching him. Lee ran down the pitch and attacked Hunter, and the two had to be separated by their team mates. Both players were sent off.
3. Sometimes it's the smaller ones you have to watch out for! Jimmy Case was one of Liverpool's more diminutive players in the glory years of the Shankly/Paisley era, at 5ft 9, but still gained a reputation as a hard man with a vicious tackle. He also had a colourful social life off the pitch. With what crime were Case and his fellow team mate Ray Kennedy charged in 1980?

Answer: Assaulting a hotelier

Jimmy Case attributed his toughness to having worked as a docker and playing in a dockers' team, the Blue Union, who had a very physical style of play. He earned the ire of Everton fans when he broke Geoff Nulty's leg in the 1980 Merseyside Derby with a particularly nasty tackle, prematurely ending his career.

He and Ray Kennedy were drinking partners, and the two were arrested and charged with assault after getting into a fight with a hotelier who had mistaken Kennedy for his team mate and namesake, Alan Kennedy. Kennedy later admitted that he and Case were 'bad for each other'. Case later got into a fight with team mates in a hotel in Wales, and this, coupled with the emergence of Sammy Lee, made Bob Paisley decide it was time for Case to leave Liverpool.
4. Which former Manchester United player once said, "I spent money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered"?

Answer: George Best

A popular Manchester United fan chant, sung to the tune of "Spirit in the Sky", goes: "When I die and they lay me to rest/I'm gonna go on the [censored] with Georgie Best." Before there was David Beckham, there was George Best, arguably one of the first "celebrity" footballers, nicknamed "El Beatle" for his rock star-esque lifestyle. On the pitch, he racked up 361 goals for Manchester United and was praised by Pele for his skills; off it, he was an alcoholic with a troubled personal life.

He was arrested for numerous drink-related offences, including breaking a waitress's nose in a Manchester club in 1972,and drink-driving in 1984.

His drinking caused so much damage to his health that he had a liver transplant in 2002. On 20th November 2005, the dying Best allowed himself to be photographed in his hospital bed by "News of the World", with the warning, "Don't die like me." He died of multiple organ failure five days later.
5. Which Senegalese player, formerly of Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers, got into trouble various times for spitting at opposition players and fans, and was dubbed "lower than a sewer rat" by Neil Warnock?

Answer: El Hadji Diouf

Diouf's first spitting incident that made the headlines was when he spat at Celtic supporters in 2003 during a UEFA Cup game, although a year earlier, he had been accused of spitting at West Ham fans while warming up. Liverpool's then manager, Gerard Houillier, told him he would "never live it down". A year later, he spat at a young Middlesbrough fan and at Portsmouth captain Arjan de Zeeuw, and in 2012, while playing for Doncaster Rovers, he allegedly spat at Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks. Besides spitting, Diouf also got into trouble for swearing at an Everton ball boy, and for going AWOL during a Blackburn pre-season tour. Off the pitch, he was arrested for driving offences in 2010, and for getting involved in a fight in a Manchester club in 2012, along with Anton Ferdinand.

Warnock's comment was in relation to Diouf allegedly abusing Jamie Mackie of Queens Park Rangers - who Warnock was managing at the time - during an FA Cup match with Blackburn. Sam Allardyce, manager of Blackburn during Diouf's time there, admitted that Diouf had been "[diving] all his life" after Diouf earned Blackburn a goal by diving.
6. Which former Everton player turned coach, known for his ability in the air, was sentenced to imprisonment in HMP Barlinnie for headbutting a fellow player?

Answer: Duncan Ferguson

"Drunken Duncan" and "Duncan Disorderly" were two of the nicknames given to the large Scottish striker, due to his hard man reputation. During a career as a player, he was sent off nine times, and was charged with assault after headbutting Raith Rovers' John McStay during his time at Rangers. This was the headbutt that saw him receive a three-month prison sentence. McStay wasn't his first victim; Ferguson had previously headbutted a policeman in 1995. He had also been in a fight with a fisherman in a pub, and punched and kicked a supporter on crutches, for which he was fined. During an argument with a fitness coach over his eating habits while at Everton, he lost his temper and flipped a table.

Off the pitch, two men earned themselves an Honourable Mention in the Darwin Awards when they tried to burgle Ferguson's house, only for Ferguson to beat one of them up and put him in hospital. Two years later, another burglar attacked Ferguson, and Ferguson retaliated in kind.
7. What form of assault did Luis Suarez commit against Branislav Ivanovic during a match against Chelsea, and Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup?

Answer: Biting

Luis Suarez became the subject of many memes and jokes comparing him to a cannibal when he bit Branislav Ivanovic during a match between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2013. Suarez was fined by the club and charged with violent conduct. Ivanovic was not Suarez's first victim; he had previously bitten Otman Bakkal of PSV Eindhoven on the shoulder whilst at Ajax, and Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf" dubbed him "the Cannibal of Ajax".

While representing Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup, Suarez did it again, biting Giorgio Chiellini in Italy's match with Uruguay during the group stages. Suarez claimed that he had collided with Chiellini's shoulder, but was subsequently banned for the rest of the tournament.

He also caused outrage when he allegedly called Manchester United's Patrice Evra a "negro", and subsequently refused to shake hands with him at a later match.
8. Which Italian player, formerly of Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United, caused controversy when he declared himself a fascist and performed the "Roman salute" in front of Lazio supporters?

Answer: Paolo di Canio

The volatile di Canio already had a bad reputation as a player; his exploits included pushing a referee to the ground whilst playing for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal in 1998, refusing to attend Celtic's pre-season training in 1997, and getting into a fight with Rangers' Ian Ferguson during an Old Firm match the same year.

However, after returning to his home country, di Canio attracted negative attention for making the "Roman salute" - the Italian fascist equivalent of the Hitler salute - to Lazio's right-wing ultras during several of their games. An open supporter of Benito Mussolini, he had the dictator's face tattooed on his back, as well as other fascist symbols such as an eagle and a fasces, and "Dux" tattooed on his right arm, a Latin translation of Mussolini's nickname of "Il Duce".

He also praised Mussolini in his autobiography, and attended the funeral of fascist Paolo Signorelli, who had been involved in the 1980 Bologna Massacre. Di Canio's politics caused trade union GMB to drop their sponsorship of Swindon Town when he became manager there in 2011. Likewise, Sunderland deputy chairman David Miliband resigned when Di Canio was appointed as their manager in 2013.
9. For which of these offences did the Football Association NOT charge Joey Barton with violent conduct?

Answer: Stubbing out a cigar in Jamie Tandy's eye

The incident with Jamie Tandy happened while Barton was at Manchester City. Tandy, a youth player who had had previous clashes with Barton, tried to set fire to Barton's shirt at a club Christmas party, and Barton responded by stubbing out a lit cigar on Tandy's eyelid. He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm for attacking Dabo, another City team mate. While at Newcastle, he punched Pedersen during a match with Blackburn. The brawl with his former team occurred during the match that clinched the title for Man City with a last-minute Sergio Aguero goal; Barton kicked Aguero, tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany, and was eventually sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez.

Barton's crimes off the pitch have been numerous. They included attacking a teenage Everton supporter, punching a man until he fell unconscious while on a night out in Liverpool and breaking another man's teeth, and breaking a pedestrian's leg while driving in Liverpool in the early hours of the morning. In 2016, he was charged with misconduct for placing bets on various Scottish football matches, and was subsequently banned for 18 months.
10. Gareth Barry racked up a large number of red and yellow cards while at Everton but his bad behaviour didn't stop when he left them for West Bromwich Albion. What did Barry and three of his West Brom team mates steal on a drunken night out in Barcelona?

Answer: A taxi

Barry broke a record, though perhaps not one he would have wanted to break, on Boxing Day 2014 when he received his 100th booking in a match between Everton and Stoke City. (On the plus side, he also became one of the players with the most appearances in the Premier League, having appeared over 500 times for Aston Villa, Everton and Manchester City.) Off the pitch, to the dismay of manager Alan Pardew, Barry and three fellow team mates were reported to have broken curfew and taken a taxi to a fast food restaurant while in Barcelona. They later drove the taxi back to their hotel themselves. Boaz Myhill, Jonny Evans and Jake Livermore were Barry's fellow offenders.

(The ostrich, incidentally, is a reference to an incident involving Paul Gascoigne, when he brought a live ostrich to training whilst at Tottenham.)
Source: Author Kankurette

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