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by joseph loh AND t.avineshwaran
Kevin Keegan’s rant against Sir Alex Ferguson during the 1996 Premier League title race is one that will never be forgotten by football fans. Keegan – then manager of Newcastle United – famously blew his top live on television after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that teams tried harder against his team than Newcastle.
“I’ll tell ya – you can tell him now, he’ll be watching – we’re still fighting for this title. And I’ll tell you honestly, I will luv it if we beat them – luv it!’
The Portugese-born manager of Real Madrid is no stranger to controversy. After losing to arch-rivals Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in April 2011, he sensationally accused European football governing body UEFA of conspiring against Real Madrid in favour of their rivals. His tirade earned him a five-match European ban.
“I don’t understand why. I don’t know if it’s the publicity of Unicef (Barcelona’s then-shirt sponsor), I don’t know if it’s the friendship of (Spanish football federation president Angel María) Villar at Uefa, where he is vice-president, I don’t know if it’s because they are very nice, but they have got this power. The rest of us have no chance.”
Sir Alex Ferguson
The most-decorated manager in England, the Manchester United manager is not averse to airing his views publicly. He went on one of his many tirades after his team lost 2-1 to Chelsea on March 2011. In an interview, he stated that decisions did not go his team’s way, and laid the blame specifically on match official Martin Atkinson. He received the heaviest punishment of his career in the form of a five-match touchline ban and £30,000 (RM140,000) fine.
“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway, and we didn’t get that. I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared the worst.”
Nicknamed “The Professor” in football circles, the Arsenal manager is known to give measured replies and rarely loses his cool during interviews. However, in a rare outburst in February this year, Wenger lashed out at journalists who questioned his tactics and whether he was being a offered a contract extension with Arsenal.
“You think I am so naive that I don’t see what is behind that? You think I am a complete idiot? I’m angry because you give wrong information. The lie is targeted to hurt. It’s easy to say people are not happy and on top of that say he’s extending the contract. I don’t accept lies when the target behind it is to manipulate people.”
During his tenure as Liverpool manager, the Spaniard was constantly at loggerheads with Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In a memorable interview in January 2009, he let loose on Ferguson, reading “facts” from a piece of paper about his conducts towards match officials and how the fixture list was weighed in Man United’s favour. Some have put this rant on the same level as Kevin Keegan’s “luv it” tirade.
“During the Respect campaign – and this is a fact – Mr Ferguson was charged by the FA for improper conduct after comments made about Martin Atkinson and Keith Hackett. He was not punished. He is the only manager in the league that cannot be punished for these things.”
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